SUSTAINABILITY

Sustainability:
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

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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, we focused on the reduction of waste through recycling—paper, plastic bottles, metal cans, glass, and cardboard boxes. The Class of 2022 worked closely with all grade levels to educate our students about properly sorting trash and recycling in the classroom. To avoid contamination, every Forsyth students learns, "When in doubt, throw it out!" to avoid contamination. Campus-wide composting efforts resumed in spring 2022 following a two-year suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Furthermore, our staff works closely with Forsyth's food service providers and vendors to use recyclable containers and compostable plates, cups, and utensils for hot lunches and special events.

Trex® Plastic Film Recycling Challenge

In 2021/22, Go Green Forsyth partnered with Student Council to lead the Forsyth community in an elementary school plastic film recycling challenge sponsored by Trex®. We exceeded our goal of 500 pounds with a grand total of 626 pounds!

Forsyth Arbor Walk

In 2020/21, the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter reimagined the 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

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

A Bench for Caps (ABC)

In 2019/20, Forsyth participated in the Green Tree Plastics-ABC Promise Partnership Program. With the help of the entire Forsyth community, 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 for installation on campus.

History of Annual Initiatives

First page of the PDF file: The-Three-Rules-of-Recycling-Graphic
First page of the PDF file: Poster-Whats-Recyclable-at-School