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Sustainable Hearts

THE ACADEMY OF THE SACRED HEART SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVE: Rooted in our love and respect for God’s created world, Sacred Heart’s Sustainable Hearts Program is the manifestation of our active commitment to environmental sustainability and our living  framework of curriculum integration, service projects and community partnerships through which we seek to inspire long-term change in our community.

Awarded the ‘2022 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools’ Award:
The U.S. Department of Education announced that Academy of the Sacred Heart, New Orleans, is among the 2022 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools award honorees. Read more >

Goal 3, Criterion 4 of the Goals & Criteria of Sacred Heart Schools in the United States and Canada states:
“All members of the school community accept accountability for the care of God’s creation, practice effective stewardship of the earth’s resources and work to alleviate the climate crisis.”  

To get involved, contact:
Cherie Tregre, Sustainability Coordinator

“If I could make a change in the world, it would be to try to stop pollution and plastic waste because I want our world to be nice and clean.”
-Keira '29

Recent ASH Green Team Successes


Lbs. of food waste diverted from landfill with The Composting Network


Lbs. of glass collected for Glass Half Full | NOLA Glass Recycling


Aluminum cans collected, earning $576


Average Pairs of sneakers recycled through GotSneakers

  • Support the development and implementation of an environmental sustainability framework
  • Form a collective intelligence in our community through partnerships
  • Develop mindsets oriented toward inclusive solutions,
  • Strengthen the communication skills needed to articulate issues and solutions around sustainability
  • Build resiliency through knowledge and competency
  • Empower our community as agents of hope with the tools of advocacy

Photos in slideshow:
Events of ASH students' commitment towards creating a sustainable environment for today and tomorrow.

Composting at ASH

ASH Plastic Problem Preventers


Sustainability Working Groups/Teams:

  • Water
  • Energy
  • Accountability
  • Curriculum
  • Dining Halls
  • Recycling
  • Gardens
  • K-12 Sustainability Club
  • ASH Global Network
  • Spirituality
  • Sustainability Events
  • Marketing
  • Partnership



In recent years, Sacred Heart sustainability initiatives include:

  • Water conservation systems were installed to lessen water needs in our yards
  • Well-kept landscaping including student help in gardens
  • Refilling water stations installed to eliminate plastic water bottles
  • Invested in innovative water management systems in the Rosary Gym with similar plans for the Nims Fine Arts Center
  • Dining halls ceased purchasing plastic for hospitality purposes
  • Continued sourcing of biodegradable or recyclable items for events
  • Stainless-steel cutlery in dining halls and continued efforts of using reusable or biodegradable items
  • Healthier food choices in our dining halls
  • Actively reducing energy usage and exploring renewable energy options
  • Continual transition to LED lighting
  • Continued use of digital textbooks and paper reduction
  • Students built portable gardens in Innovation Lab
  • Planted edible garden on the Mater campus with planned composting
  • Increased recycling efforts (reduce/reuse/up-cycle) including on-campus glass recycling events
  • Reduced and measured food waste through student prototype program