The Dana Hall Green Team has been hard at work to bring environment-saving initiatives to the students, faculty and staff on campus. Throughout the 2018–19 school year, the club has worked to educate the Dana community about relevant issues so that “going green” becomes a way of life. “Taking care of the environment is so important, so being part of something that’s doing our best to make a positive change is really nice,” said K. Phillips ’19, one of the Green Team tri-heads.
On November 14, the Green Team conducted a food audit at breakfast, lunch and dinner to determine how much waste the community produces and how much of it could be composted. In total, 150 pounds of compostable products were thrown out that day. During Family Weekend and She Sails, Dana Hall brings in Bootstrap Compost to help minimize our food waste. The next step, according to Green Team Advisor Meg Gayton, is to create a proposal for the School that looks at the cost of composting on a weekly basis.
Winter Textile Drive
Now in its second year, the Winter Textile Drive creates friendly competition among the grades and encourages everyone to clean out their closets by donating clothes, shoes, linens and other items. Last year, the drive generated more than 3,000 pounds of recyclable materials, and this year saw more than 2,700 pounds of recyclables collected. “The faculty was really supportive,” J. Yu ’20, Green Team tri-head, said. “They were really into it, so it drove the students to be more involved.” In 2018, the Parents’ Independent School Network awarded Dana Hall School the Community Service Award for Dana’s Winter Textile Drive.
Other initiatives currently in progress:
Movie night featuring the documentary Wasted
Dry erase marker recycling
Recycling Selfie Challenge
Adopting an orca whale
Contributing to Kiva Loans, crowdfunded microloans for developing countries
"My favorite Dana Hall memory would be the first time I ever sang the Alma Mater with my fellow classmates. That was most definitely the first time I felt like I was truly a part of something. Joining hands with my future Silver Sisters made me truly feel like I was a Dana girl."