Innovation

Keeping the Circle (and Beyond) Green

Every day at Castilleja, students, faculty, and staff work to make the Circle even greener.

As a member of the Green School Alliance, we make sustainability and conservation a priority and have pledged to:

  • Comply with all environmental regulations
  • Take steps to conserve natural resources, prevent pollution, and reduce waste

Our work is ongoing and involves initiatives to reduce paper use and waste, implement sustainable food options, and increase energy conservation.

Highlights of our work on campus:

  • The student-led Green Team put together a full week of eco-conscious activities to honor Earth Week and raise awareness about what individuals can do to lessen their environmental impact. Highlights included a "trash-ion" show, bike-to-school contest, locavore farmer's market, green gadget fair, and planting new seedlings in the organic garden.
  • The City of Palo Alto's new waste management program has proven to be a boon for Castilleja and new receptacles around campus have made it easy to compost and recycle. We have reduced our trash from five loads per week to three!
  • We began printing our alumnae magazine, full circle, on recycled (and recyclable) paper and at a green certified facility. As a result we saved: 8 fully grown trees, 3,466 gallons of water, 6M BTUs of energy, 384 pounds of solid waste, and 755 pounds of greenhouse gasses.


Castilleja hosted the GSA Northern California Green Conference 2014: Green Business. Students, teachers, activists and innovators joined us on April 5, 2014, for an amazing day of workshops and speakers and  collaboration!  Click here to learrn more and view the list of speakers.

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