Big Green Initiative

Nichols created a video featuring our fifth grade students and their efforts to reduce the School's carbon footprint. The video was submitted as part of the prestigious international Eco-Schools program that is currently in 50 nations, with over 37,000 K-12 schools participating.
Nichols School is undertaking a wide-ranging approach to campus sustainability, known as the Big Green Initiative. This initiative focuses on campus energy, materials, land and water use by applying methods that promote environmental literacy, sustainability education and involve all aspects of the School community.
Jacobs Award for Environmental Sustainability
Established on April 22, 2008, in honor of a gift from Delaware North Companies and the Jacobs family, the Jacobs Award for Environmental Sustainability honors a student who embodies environmental stewardship and the ideals set forth by our Big Green Initiative. This award is presented annually on Earth Day to a senior at Nichols School.
School Level
The Nichols community of will make a conscious effort to:
1.  Reduce, reuse and recycle waste:
  • Conserve resources.
  • Preserve and enhance local environments.
  • Compost food scraps, such as apple cores, fruit peels, etc.
  • Reduce the amount of paper used.
  • Consider environmental impact when engaging in fundraising activities.
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Curriculum & Communication
How Nichols incorporates being green into the classroom:
1. Environmental impact will be considered whenever new curriculum is proposed.

2. The global care of the earth shall be reflected in the curriculum.
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Community Level
Nichols will promote its own and individual School involvement in
1. Local, municipal and state programs that promote good environmental practices (e.g., composting, recycling, community beautification, resource conservation and habitat improvement).
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Policy Level
Measures Nichols is taking:
1. Purchasing: Nichols will attempt to buy recyclable, recycled-content, less toxic and locally produced products whenever possible.

2. Waste Management: Nichols will develop a waste management plan for all aspects of its operation following the principles of reduce, reuse, and recycle.

3. Resource and Energy Conservation: Nichols will develop a resource and energy conservation plan for each of its buildings and fields.
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