Sustainability

All of us at Pine Street School that our actions can reverse global warming and build a healthier and more sustainable world.

We also believe that it is our responsibility as educators to understand the world your children will inherit and prepare them for it as best we possibly can.

In this vein, we have a firm commitment to sustainable practices, both as a school and as individuals.

In everything we do, everything we produce and everything we purchase, we ask ourselves if we are making a decision that supports the most sustainable possible outcomes.

Here we outline for you all of the ways in which we are practicing sustainability and offering you some insights into our choices.

Over the course of your children’s time with us, they will be introduced to these concepts and practices, encouraged to learn more, and encouraged to take their learning home to share with friends and family.

Please use this page to learn more about methods and organizations that promote sustainability so that as you make your own choices each day, you know what to look for.




Sustainable Printing

There are 6 symbols we look for when we make decisions about paper and printing:


  • Recycling: These products are made from recycled material and are recyclable. As a school community, we aim to reduce waste and using recycled/recyclable products is part of that mission!
  • Processed Chlorine Free (PCF): When recycled materials are processed with chlorine, the reactions produce toxic chemicals known as dioxins, which are an extremely potent carcinogen. We always used products that are PCF.
  • Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified products have been monitored to have a sustainable chain of custody throughout the production process. This ensures forest management has been environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable.
  • Green Seal is an independent, non-profit organization that provides a rigorous certification that products and servies meet credible and transparent environmental standards. For paper, this means it is made with a minimum of 30% post-consumer fiber and milling processes and packaging are environmentally responsible.
  • Green-e signifies that production companies are using renewable energy to reduce the environmental impact of their electricity use.
  • Carbon Neutral Plus is a commitment from Neenah Paper to not only continue their efforts to conserve the environment by reducing carbon emissions, but also to support conservation and biodiversity projects that protect and restore natural habitats.

Sustainable Textiles

From t-shirts to totes, we make every effort to purchase items that are not only sustainably made but ethically made.

Our tote bags are sourced through econscious, a company that makes thoughtful environmental choices about fabrics, factories and techniques.

Sustainable Consumables

As a school, we use a lot of disposable plates, bowls, napkins, utensils, bathroom tissue, paper towels, wipes and more.

We source most of our consumables from Green Paper Products which provides consumables that are biodegradable, compostable and generally earth-friendly. Here is a list of our consumables at both of our schools and an explanation for why we chose this item as a sustainable practice.

Sustainable Cleaning Products

We think about every product we purchase and its impact on our health and the environment.