What is Sustainability?
Students at The Masters School have defined sustainability as the careful management and wide use of the planet and its resources. It is the ability to meet present needs without compromising the survival of future generations. More simply, sustainability is being green.
- Masters students recently eliminated the use of plastic water bottles within the Athletic Department, which previously had distributed the bottles to student athletes for away games.
- Students are meeting with the architecture and planning firm Beyer Blinder Belle to find ways to integrate outdoor spaces into our School, both in terms of curriculum and less formal situations.
EFFECT Sustainability Committee
EFFECT is the student-run sustainability committee at The Masters School. Its mission is to find ways to incorporate sustainable practices into our School, to utilize our beautiful 96-acre campus to its fullest potential, and to engage the entire School community in these efforts. EFFECT is divided into six key groups:
The Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot committee is devoted to analyzing and reducing the waste produced on Masters’ campus. Our school-wide composting program and co-curricular—a student, faculty and staff operation—was recently implemented, and we believe that a public examination of our food waste will lead to a decrease in the waste we create.
The Energy group is focused on reducing overall energy usage and shifting Masters' energy portfolio toward more sustainable sources. Our goal is a Masters that is sustainable and low-carbon-emission.
The Education and Curriculum group works to educate the community about sustainability issues, and strives to include the entire Masters community in efforts led by the EFFECT group.
The Land Use and Long-Term Goal group is responsible for studying our school’s campus and proposing ideas for how we can incorporate environmentally friendly changes. Our short-term goal is to make the trails in the woods at the northeast corner of the campus more accessible to students by focusing on upkeep and creating an outdoor classroom for the entire school community to enjoy. We hope to help foster a culture that values nature and one that focuses on sustainable design. For the future, we are looking into building a greenhouse as well as a school farm.
The Community Health group focuses on how we, as consumers, can make sustainable choices in our everyday lives. We recently eliminated the use of plastic water bottles within the Athletic Department and are working to expand this effort to the entire School campus. We hope to create a community that does not depend on plastic bottles and, instead, promotes the use of reusable bottles.
The Residential Life Committee intends to make the Residential Life community at Masters more sustainable. Our goal is to work with students and faculty to influence sustainable living and improve the efficiency of our on-campus facilities. To do so, we intend to work alongside all members of the community to make our home away from home as sustainable as possible. Together we will empower our community to make positive changes in our daily lives and beyond.