Reuse. Reduce. Recycle. Get Sustainable
Sustainability has been a concern at Wasatch Academy for years and will be a concern for years to come. Currently, our sustainability program is led by Dr. Joel Barnes, Director of Sustainability and Experiential Education, who has put into place several programs at Wasatch Academy. The Ban the Bottle campaign is in the works, which reduces water waste and the plastic waste of the school. New, eco-friendly buildings, geothermal heating in current and new buildings to reduce energy consumption, and a community garden all will help to reduce our carbon footprint. Our new recycling centers will be expanded over the years to come.
Dr. Barnes has instituted a new Sustainability Council or Susty Council for short, which consists of nine faculty members and nine student members. The Susty Council meets every other Tuesday to discuss matters related to the sustainability program, including fundraising for projects and initiatives.
Ethics for a Sustainable Future
The faculty, staff, and students at Wasatch Academy are in the process of adopting this set of ethics and incorporating them into their daily lives.
- Honor and respect the Earth as we honor and respect one another; the Earth supports us and all other forms of life.
- Think about where our food comes from, and give thanks to the plants and animals that sustain us.
- Consume material goods and energy in moderation so we reduce our impacts on the Earth.
- Do not steal from future generations by damaging or poisoning the Earth.
- Appreciate each new day on this Earth and celebrate each season for what it brings.
- For every place we live and visit, let’s leave it cleaner than we found it, and strive to restore the Earth’s damaged beauty.
- Let’s work together to resolve the immense challenges of today with innovative, long-term solutions that promote ecological, economic, and social justice.
Pursuing Green School and Eco School Designations
Wasatch Academy is partnering with several environmental education organizations that offer support for K-12 schools to embrace sustainability education. By pursuing designations as a Utah Green School with the Utah Society of Environmental Education, and as an Eco School with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), we are using the guidance and structure provided by these programs to strengthen sustainability education throughout our curriculum and across our campus, and to make progress on our Net Zero Initiative. In January of 2019, we received the Bronze Award and Silver Award as a USA Eco Schools through the World Wildlife Fund.