When the environmental, economic and social needs of a society are met in the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs
Go Green Forsyth
At Forsyth, we strive to be responsible stewards of the environment; sustainability is an important part of our culture. During the 2021/22 school year, our focus is on the reduction of waste through recycling—paper, plastic bottles, metal cans, glass, and cardboard boxes. Knowing what goes where (trash vs. recycling) takes practice. Forsyth's faculty and staff work hard to support real-world sorting challenge every day, especially during student snack and lunch breaks. We do not want to contaminate recyclables collected by Waste Management, so every Forsyth student learns, "When in doubt, throw it out!"
The above definition is from SustainableSchoolsProject.org.
Missouri Green Schools Recognition
In 2021, Forsyth was one of six Missouri schools awarded Sprout-level recognition by Missouri Green Schools, a new support and recognition program developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)-Missouri Gateway Chapter and the Missouri Environmental Education Association.
All six honoree schools achieved Sprout-level recognition by involving school administration, beginning to benchmark and track improvement, and setting goals toward further advancement of green and healthy practices. Read More
History of Annual Initiatives
- 2009/10: Healthy Food & Paper Conservation
- 2010/11: Paper Conservation & Recycling
- 2011/12: Recycling & Energy Efficiency
- 2012/13: Recycling & Solar Energy
- 2013/14: Solar Energy (Green Schools Quest, 1st Place Winner)
- 2014/15: Recycling (Green Schools Quest)
- 2015/16: Soil & Gardening (Green Schools Quest, Honorable Mention)
- 2016/17: Water Conservation & Education (Green Schools Quest, 2nd Place Winner)
- 2017/18: Waste Reduction & Compost Production (Green Schools Quest, 2nd Place Tie)
- 2018/19: Air Quality & Wind Energy (Green Schools Quest, 1st Place Winner)
- 2019/20: Plastics Reduction & Recycling (Green Tree Plastics-ABC Promise Partnership Program)
- 2020/21: Trees Study & Carbon Capture (Green Schools Quest)
Green Schools Quest
Every school year, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)-Missouri Gateway Chapter challenges public and private schools in Missouri and Southern Illinois to devise and implement (with the help of Green Mentors) the most creative, effective, and no- or low-cost sustainable practices for their schools. Led by Grade 6, Forsyth School participated in the Green Schools Quest annually from 2013/14 until 2018/19 and again in 2020/21.
A Bench for Caps (ABC)
Forsyth forwent the Green Schools Quest in 2019/20 to participate in the Green Tree Plastics-ABC Promise Partnership Program. With the help of the entire Forsyth community (and friends!), the Class of 2020 collected a total of more than 800 pounds of plastic caps and lids to be recycled and exchanged for three benches and one toddler table that were installed on campus in April 2020.
Forsyth Arbor Walk
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter reimagined the 2020/21 Green School Quest as monthly sustainability challenges for participating schools throughout Missouri and Southern Illinois.
The Class of 2021 chose to focus on trees and their many benefits: carbon capture, habitat, food source, cooling effect, stress reduction, erosion prevention, water filtration, and art inspiration (to name a few!). First, the students learned about tree classification at Pershing Park in the Parkview Neighborhood in University City. Then, they compared these trees to those on the Forsyth School campus, aided by a student-created species treemap from 2013.
Inspired by the Arbor Walk at Washington University in St. Louis, Grade 6 created a Forsyth Arbor Walk and website for the entire Forsyth community to access, learn from, and enjoy. The students chose 17 trees on campus with “stories to tell” and developed a QR code for each species linked back to the site. Explore the Arbor Walk