St. Michael’s Parish Day School

How does the company exemplify the concept of “reducing”?

St. Michaels Color LogoAt St. Michael’s Parish Day School, our three main initiatives for “green living” center around water, electricity and paper products.

As part of the construction of our Gymnasium in 2004 we installed four large water cisterns that capture 56,000 gallons of rain water annually which can be used for drip irrigation of the natural vegetation throughout the campus.

During the past three years we have had audits by both the Tucson Electric Company and the Tucson Water company. As a result we have retrofitted numerous light fixtures from incandescent to flouresent and LED fixture and installed low-flush toiletts.

Finally, during 2012 we installed 800 solar panels on the roof of our facility which virtually eliminated the need for purchased electricity.

How does the company exemplify the concept of “reusing”?

One of the main reuseable goods that we purchase is textbooks. Since the school began we have had the policy of sending used textbooks to World Care so that they can be used by other academic institutions.

In addition, this year we purchased 270 iPads for Teachers and students that will allow them to receive instructional material electronically and hence not produce residue of outdated textbooks and other academic materials.

What is this company’s recycling policy and practice?

Historically, we have had recycling on two fronts. First is the collection and recycling of classroom paper and cardboard products through the City of Tucson’s recycling program. In addition, we collect recycle items at our lunch program which is also included in this effort.

This year, in order to reduce the number of plastic water bottles on campus, we have purchased permanent bottles that they students can refill at various filling stations thoughout the campus. This has significantly reduced the number of water bottles that are discarded for recycling.

How is this company engaging and informing consumers and employees about the 3 “Rs” and other sustainable practices?

Throughout the nine years that students spend at St. Michael’s they are continually exposed to the concepts of recycling, reducing and reusing. As kindergardners they are shown how to separate their lunch trash into recycle bins and are taught to put reuseable paper in recycle bins for accumulation in the City’s containers.

As they continue to grow they eventually are assigned to be part of the monthly collection effort which moves the stored items to the recycling bins. In addition, each day they see the use of solar panels on the roof, the use of skylights in the lunch room and the drip irrigation from our storage cisterns that water the native landscaping throughout the campus.

What else would you like us to know about this company?

St. Michael’s has provided K-8 education for 50 years in the Tucson, Arizona area. Its mission is to provide for the development of leaders for the 21st century global community.