4. New Building and Major Renovations:
When new buildings are constructed and existing buildings renovated the school will follow healthy, high-performance School building criteria that mandate the use of environmentally sound building material, efficient use of energy, water and other resources, and the creation of a healthy learning environment for children.
5. Pest Control:
Nichols will inform the School community whenever pest control measures are to be taken. Environmentally benign methods of pest control will be used where feasible.
Nichols will encourage the development of natural landscaping and wildlife habitats on our thirty acre campus. Grounds-care procedures that reduce the use of chemicals, fertilizers and herbicides will be encouraged.
Nichols will attempt to use environmentally friendly and non-toxic materials in the cleaning of campus buildings and common areas.
8. Food Services:
Nichols will take measures to reduce waste of paper and food in the breakfast and lunch programs. Reusable dishes, cutlery and containers will be used when feasible; where possible, we will use bulk serving over individual packaging; and we will encourage the purchase of local produce whenever possible.
Nichols will encourage waste-free lunches and a student initiative of composting of food and leaves.
Nichols will ensure that School-owned vehicles are maintained and operated in a fashion that has the least impact on the environment. Unnecessary idling of buses or other vehicles on school property will be discouraged.
11. Indoor Air Quality:
Where possible, the School will use non-toxic, hypoallergenic building and maintenance products.
The School will utilize a proper disposal program for unused/outdated computer equipment, either through donations to other organizations in the community or the use an authorized recycling company that recycles and disposes of the equipment properly.