Our Program

Sustainability

Poly Prep's Planet Pledge

Poly Prep recognizes that our planet is in crisis. Soil erosion, ecosystem destruction, pollution of our land, air and water, and global warming jeopardize human health and threaten the animals and plants that share our planet.
 
While global trends have global causes, Poly believes solutions start locally. Poly pledges to help protect Planet Earth by reducing our carbon footprint, engaging in sustainable practices as a school, promoting environmental education and stewardship, and modeling a “green” ethic in everything we do.
 
We also believe our Planet Pledge naturally extends Poly’s mission—as a country day school with two campuses—to educate the mind, body, and character of our students.
 
For this very reason, we have already demonstrated “green” leadership. From our ongoing, student-led recycling program to the construction of the city’s first LEED-certified school building at our Lower School, Poly has taken significant, concrete actions to “go green.”
 
Therefore, to build on past achievements and to fulfill our Planet Pledge, Poly will strive to:
 
1. Involve the entire Poly family, including students, faculty, parents, staff, alumni, and trustees;

2. Reach beyond Poly to our Brooklyn neighbors to collaborate on local sustainability and greening;

3. Integrate the environment, and sustainability into our curriculum and engage in innovative, interdisciplinary projects to promote environmental education and stewardship;

4. Incorporate sustainable practices into all school operations as resources permit, including energy use, waste disposal and recycling, building use and design, grounds and campus maintenance, and food service; and

5. Evaluate our progress in “greening” Poly on an on-going basis, issue periodic reports on Poly’s Planet Pledge, and celebrate our successes to the Poly family and the wider community.


 
An architect's rendering of the proposed "ponds renovation" to restore ecological balance to Poly's ponds and make them a more effective outdoor laboratory for faculty and students studying ecology and biology.

Greening Plans and Projects


Poly remains committed to future "green" building projects and campus upgrades, as part of its "Blue and Gray Go Green!" campaign. Poly's new educational greenhouse—designed to enhance the school's Nursery-through-12th grade science curriculum—was recently funded by generous donations from the Class of 1959 and by Poly parents during Auction 2009. 

Groundbreaking took place during Special Reunion 2009.  A link to Poly's greenhouse plans appear here: Greenhouse Plans

Poly also seeks to restore its upper and lower ponds, which have filled with silt and debris, need re-planting, and suffer from erosion. Restored ponds would improve the local environment, re-beautify the front end of the Dyker Heights campus, and add additional opportunities for Poly students to study pond biology and ecology. A link to Poly's proposed Ponds restoration plans appears here: Pond Restoration Plans.

List of 4 items.

  • Poly's Legacy of Green Leadership

    Poly has been a pioneer in developing an environmentally responsible institution since 1917, when it became a "country day school" and moved to its 25-acre Dyker Heights campus. At that time, Poly's leaders believed that a green campus, away from urban congestion and pollution, could improve students health, enable a program of character-building athletics, and permit the creation of a full-day program of classes and after-school activities.
  • "Blue and Gray Goes Green!"—Greening Today at Poly

    Poly Prep has retained a sense of "green" consciousness into the present day.  From the new, environmentally-conscious athletics fields with an artificial turf made of 97% post-consumer waste to its ecologically responsible drainage wells designed to filter campus run-off back into the natural acquifer, Poly has demonstrated a real commitment to green stewardship in its campus buildings and facilities.
  • Award-Winning Green Campus

    Most, recently, Poly's Lower School in Park Slope became the first school building in New York City to receive LEED Certification and the first such primary school building in New York State.  Poly's historic Lower School renovation won The New York Landmarks Conservancy's prestigious Lucy G. Moses Award, as well.
  • Greening the Curriculum

    However, the heart of Poly's greening plans and activities lie in the classroom, in our learning community of faculty and students, and in extra-curricular activities and student-led organizations.  Many Poly courses—from environmental science to history and art classes—include ecological or "green" themes, issues, and projects.

    The Upper and Middle Schools both have very active student "green" clubs who engage in recycling, motivate their peers to think and act "green," attend student greening conferences, learn about greening.   Lower School students, in conjunction with faculty, also engage in projects such as the study of the Jamaica Wildlife Center (as early as the Nursery grade) and in greening activities outside the classroom.

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