Thacher earns recognition for sustainability efforts.
Today at Assembly, Sustainability Coordinator Juan Sánchez presented Head of School Michael Mulligan with the Green Ribbon School award, one of several awards Thacher has recently earned for our sustainability successes.
Administered by the California Department of Education, the Green Ribbon School program recognizes schools that limit their environmental impacts, improve campus health and wellness, and provide effective environmental education. Thacher earned a gold ranking, the second highest possible ranking. “Our goal now,” said Mr. Sánchez, “is to come back next year and earn the top ranking.”
Earlier this week, Director of Facilities Ed Bennett informed the School that we had recently been announced as winners in the 2016 K-12 Recycling Challenge, a statewide program that engages students in promoting recycling at their schools. Competing against 262 other California schools, Thacher took first place in two categories (mixed recyclables and cardboard per capita) and placed second and third in two others. To top it off, the $1,500 prize will reward students (and no doubt some faculty and staff) with condiments for the soft-serve ice cream.
“Winning this contest certainly validates our processes,” said Mr. Bennett. “It also speaks to the dedication of the facilities and dining personnel who diligently make sure items are put where they belong. Of course, you need to have a lot of material to win a contest like this and winning serves as a reminder that reuse and reduce are part of the triad and perhaps we should put some of our focus in those two areas.”
Congratulations to the students of the Environmental Action Committee and the faculty, staff, alumni, and parents who have helped Thacher make such great strides in recent years!