Stewardship Projects and Activities
A few examples of how students are involved in environmental stewardship efforts: Middle School Focus Days:
Beach cleanups, Mt. Diablo community service projects, maintaining the Middle School Sensory Garden.
Athenian's organic kitchen garden is a showcase for sustainability and features a student-run Earth Tub composting system, drought-tolerant drip irrigation, and a chicken coop. Athenian is also home to a permaculture garden, a sensory garden, and a 120 tree fruit orchard.Electric Car Project:
Students have been working for the last several years to convert a gas vehicle into an electric car.
Perched on the hillside above the baseball fields is a solar array in the shape of an "A" that provides more than 70% of Athenian's electricity needs. In addition, solar panels that heat the pool are installed on the roof of the gym, and solar panels on the roof of the Dase Center and the Center for the Arts provide electricity for those buildings. Track the Solar A’s daily production
(ID = athenian; password = owls.) Track the Dase Center's and CFTA's daily energy use
Waste Diversion: Recycling and Compost
Nearly 60% of Athenian's hauled waste is recycled content. About 10% of previously hauled waste is composted. Students participate in campus-wide recycling efforts and recycling bins are paired with landfill bins all across the campus.
Nearly two million gallons of water have been saved annually with the installation of the Estakhri Family Sports Field, an all-weather field with recycled infill. In addition, water-saving plumbing fixtures, micro water heaters and landscaping policies add to the School's commitment to reduce water usage.
Athenian is a member of the Green Schools Alliance
, a consortium of public and private schools working together to conserve resources and reduce greenhouse emissions, and is also a full-credited member of the Contra Costa Green Business