Our goal is to look at our mechanical operations, such as water, electricity and heat, and try to make them more sustainable. To do so, we either find new methods of reducing the amount of resources we use by using them more efficiently, or by simply producing our own.
Secondly, we look at the behavior of everyone inside the school, and try to curve their habits into more sustainable ones, such as recycling more variety and volume of reusable materials.
We follow six steps every time we decide to implement another phase:
We conduct a feasibility study to determine if the proposed project is cost-efficient, and that it would be possible to implement in our building. We also identify possible sources of grants and donations to see if the project would be possible to pay for.
Committee members are decided upon, and they in turn research and contact suppliers to see if they would be willing to work with us.
After fleshing out the plan, we write out a concrete scope for the project along with a complete budget. We take all of our information to the superintendent to get permission, and if he says yes, we can put our plan into motion.
This step is by far the biggest and most important one. We fill out grant applications, conduct fundraisers and contact private donors in order to meet our goal. We also apply for the appropriate permits and ensure that we stay within regulation, for safety.
Once fundraising is complete, we can pay our suppliers, and they will install everything we paid for and tie it into the school’s existing systems.
We like to create public awareness about our newest project, and celebrate our achievement. We gladly give tours, attend public events and conferences and talk to other school about what we have done in the hopes that they may decide to do something similar.
Please watch this video that will show you everything that we have accomplished since the project started: