In the spring of 2014, the Dana Hall community
planted the first seeds in the community garden.
The program grew out of a handful of complementary environmental and
gardening initiatives led by the Sustainability Council and the Green
Six dedicated sixth grade students planted the first seedlings and then invited the Dana community to participate. In April
the student-led Green Team hosted "Community Planting Day," and in May
the first round of seedlings were transplanted during Grandparents Day.
On "Community Service Day" in late May 2014, Middle School students helped
transplant the final round of seedlings.
In the fall of 2014, the garden was harvested and many of the vegetables were provided to the Dining Center. Harvested vegetables included: cucumbers, beets,
radishes, carrots, scallions, tomatoes, kale, basil and sweet
The goals of the Dana Garden:
- Produce food for the Dana Hall Dining Center
- Provide hands-on learning experiences for the students
- Help students develop a sense of stewardship for the environment and an appreciation of locally grown food
Find out more about the Dana Garden and how you can help.
In 2014, the Anti-Idling Campaign was established to
help reduce Dana's ecological footprint.
Middle School students created anti-idling posters, and anti-idling messages were broadcast to the Dana community. Drivers were encouraged to turn off their engines when dropping off and
picking up students.
- A car uses more fuel to idle for 30 seconds than it does to turn the engine off and start it up again
- As long as a car is running on a cold morning for 30 seconds, that is enough time to get the oil running through the engine to prevent damage
Dana Hall's students take ownership of the Dana recycling program. Each advisor group takes turns being responsible for Dana's weekly recycling.
Recyclables are collected and transported to the local Wellesley Recycling and Disposal Facility (RDF).
|plastic utensils, any kind of plastic container, aluminum
cans, glass bottles, cardboard (needs to be broken down), all kinds of paper
(newspapers, magazines, office paper)
|wrappers for reams of printer paper, paper coffee cups (contain wax lining), pizza boxes (contain grease)
In the spring of 2014, Dana's student-led Green Team began a bike share program in an effort to reduce Dana's carbon footprint and allow students access to Wellesley center.
Thanks to the generosity of Dana parents, funds were raised to purchase two bikes, two helmets, and locks.
From May- October 2014, the bikes were checked out
122 times. Dana students check the bikes and helmets out of the library, after signing a safety agreement. In September 2014, the Green Team sponsored a bike maintenance training in partnership with Landry’s Bicycles.
The Green Team had a naming contest for the bikes, the winning names were: "Batman" and "The Flash."
Sustainability Coordinator Catherine Buttner at Parents' Weekend 2015
As part of the School’s ongoing sustainability efforts, Dana Hall
worked with Bootstrap Compost, a Boston-area scrap pick-up service, to
reduce its environmental footprint during recent spring events including
Parents' Weekend, She Sails, Reunion and Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day. The
Bootstrap staff and Parents’ Association (PA) sustainability committee
volunteers guided event guests through the composting process and
educated them on the many environmental benefits.
three days of She Sails and Reunion (April 24-26, 2015), Bootstrap Compost
reported that 410 pounds of waste were diverted from local landfills.
The waste generated close to 205 pounds of usable compost and prevented
390 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions. On May 1, 2015, Bootstrap
staff, led by company Founder and President Andy Brooks, helped the
School toward rescuing 160 pounds of waste during Grandparents’ and
Special Friends’ Day. The waste prevented 152 pounds of greenhouse gas
emissions and generated 80 pounds of finished compost. During Parents' Weekend, October 29-31, 2015, 600 pounds of waste was diverted from local landfills, which generated close to 300 lbs. of usable compost and prevented 570 lbs. of greenhouse gas emissions.
Learn more at http://bootstrapcompost.com/