At The Masters School, we are committed to being green. We want our beautiful 96-acre campus to stay that way for generations to come, and we want all the members of our community to be environmentally conscious in their daily lives.
Students 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.
EFFECT is the student-run sustainability committee at Masters. Its mission is to find ways to incorporate sustainable practices into our School, to utilize our campus to its fullest potential, and to engage the entire school community in these efforts. EFFECT is divided into six key groups that focus on various aspects of sustainability on campus, covering everything from education and awareness to scientific analysis and the implementation of best practices.
Green Week at Masters is an opportunity to raise awareness about climate change and take action to protect the planet. Upper school members of the EFFECT club organized a schedule of events for the week of April 18 that culminated in a special Earth Day tree planting in honor of retired mailroom manager Frank DiCicco.
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 Land Use and Long-Term Goals 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 Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot Committee is devoted to analyzing and reducing the waste produced on Masters’ campus. Our schoolwide 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 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.