Sustainability At Paideia
Commitment to the environment is a core part of Paideia’s Framework of Values: the school encourages students to take responsibility for the environment and for advocating preservation and protection of the natural world. Paideia strives to teach students that we must meet the needs of the current generation without compromising the needs of future generations.
The Georgia Recycling Coalition, the Green Schools Alliance and U.S. Green Building Council have recognized Paideia’s achievements with commendations and awards.
Evidence of our commitment includes:
- Switch to recycled paper (30 percent)
- On campus composting program
- School-wide recycling program
- 2 LEED certified buildings
- Reusable dishes and cutlery loan program for small school events
- Certified monarch butterfly habitat waystations
- Battery recycling program
- Marker recycling program
- Native Organic plant sales
- Sustainability themed community educational events
- Community composting program at Pi Farm
In 2012, Paideia hired an urban agriculture coordinator, Tania Herbert, to engage the school community in learning about urban agriculture. Since the program's inception, students, teachers, and parents have engaged in learning about the synergistic relationships between growing crops, eating, raising animals, recycling waste, and the related nutritional and environmental benefits. Paideia families are enthusiastically embracing the value of urban agriculture by working with teachers and students to farm plots both on campus and in multiple locations in our community. Paideia's current farm site is located in East Atlanta on the grounds of Berea Menonite church, and we have hired a second full time farmer, Erin Cescutti.
Expanding Our Reach
In 2016, Paideia furthered its commitment to sustainability by establishing the position of sustainability coordinator and hiring Korri Ellis to fill this role. Korri works school-wide with students, faculty, and parents to help teachers initiate sustainability learning. The end goal of every sustainability learning project is that students feel empowered to make a difference in the world. Sustainability work is focused around collaboration to expand environmental education experiences for students, as well as working to provide the school with opportunities to bring sustainable practices into our operations and special events.