Green Means & Environmental Sustainability
Creating a 21st Century Sustainable School at the Academy of the Sacred Heart.
Beauty in the world is an expression of God’s love. St. Madeleine Sophie understood the integral relationship between God’s love and the world, for it was through the care for each child as an image of God that she grounded the educational mission of the Society. Through the portal of the created world and of beauty, she knew that inspired learning and a personal experience of God was deeply formed.
Our school is committed to an ethic of care — for human beings and the environment. Goal Three, Criterion Five of our Goals and Criteria states, “The school teaches respect for creation and prepares students to be stewards of the earth’s resources.”
This criterion impels to continually explore ways to efficiently utilize resources, to build a healthy environment, to develop an ecological curriculum, to offer nutritious food, and to employ sustainable community practices. These are the five basic tenets of “environmentally sustainable green schools.”
While ASH has made great strides in recent years towards building a sustainable environment, there is so much more we can do to impact our school and Greater NOLA community.
As a School:
- Invested in refilling water stations.
- Invested in innovative water management systems in the Rosary Gym with similar plans for the Nims Fine Arts Center.
- Built portable gardens in the Makerspace and a healthy garden on the Mater campus.
- Recycling bins across campus and in classrooms.
- Transitioned to LED lighting in many spaces.
- Actively are reducing energy usage and related costs.
On the Rosary Campus:
- Moved from plastic and styrofoam cups to sustainable glass and paper cups.
- Moved to stainless-steel cutlery in the Dining Hall.
- Transitioned food service to healthier food choices for the students.
As stewards of God's creation, we are called to make the earth a beautiful garden for the human family.Pope Francis