Welcome to Sustainability at the SJCC on Mercer Island! In November of 2009, we decided as a community to make a change. We know the scary facts like everyone else about the overflowing landfills and the island of plastic...but what can we do?? We decided to start educating our faculty and families about sustainable practices such as recycling, composting and an important Jewish philosophy called Tikkun Olam which means "repairing the earth". First we met with our administrators to get everyone on board. Next, we met with our teachers to get their buy-in and input regarding the process, the students and the classrooms. Then we sent home letters to all of the families letting them know we were embarking on this important mission and also asked them to consider sending "Waste-Free" lunches to school using reusable lunch boxes, reusable snack bags and water bottles. To learn more check out http://www.wastefreelunches.org/.
After a short few weeks, we took the next step and implemented composting and recycling in all 17 classrooms in our Early Childhood Services wing!! Not only was it is huge success but all of our 180 students, ranging in age from 2-7 years old, were asking there parents to help bring these practices home!! And to boot, we are saving $300 a month on our trash bill due to composting!! Visit the City of Mercer Island's website to learn more about composting and recycling at your home at http://www.mercergov.org/page.asp?navid=2233 .
As these habits became second nature for many of us, we are ready to take our next step: expanding our program throughout our facility and memebers. It is very exciting to be a part of this process. We have done a lot of research before taking these steps and would like to share a lot of the information that we have with you.
Please contact Nancy Weil at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions!!