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Rowland Hall is dedicated to the promise of an environmentally responsible culture within our school and the larger community. We encourage all community members to engage in educational experiences that foster a deep understanding of our interdependent relationships with nature. As a result, we strive to identify, initiate, and implement projects and curriculum to increase environmental awareness and stewardship.

Utah Society for Environmental Education recognizes Rowland Hall as a platinum-level member of Utah Green Schools. This initiative aims to promote sustainable practices in school facilities and curricula.

Sustainability at School

Rowland Hall has a long history of sustainability and environmental education in the classroom. We're a charter member of the Green Schools Alliance, a national organization devoted to K-12 sustainability.

In our curriculum, students in the Lower School explore and learn in the science garden. Middle School students gain valuable knowledge of Salt Lake City’s air quality via our air pollution education unit. Upper School environmental science students lead the school through their Individual Service Learning Action Plan (iSLAP) projects. Rowland Hall’s Environs Club provides an opportunity for students to pursue their interests while supporting our sustainability efforts.

Sustainability by the Numbers

Rowland Hall is committed to advancing and evolving sustainability in our facility protocol and activities. Our Sustainability Committee and sustainability coordinator collect resource-consumption data throughout the year and synthesize the information into an Annual Sustainability Report. A few examples of Rowland Hall’s sustainability initiatives at a facility level:

  • school-wide composting program utilizing our earth tub as well as Momentum Recycling services;
  • school-wide recycling of paper, plastic, aluminum, batteries, glass bottles, and more;
  • a 10.8 kW solar PV array on the McCarthey Campus roof; and
  • the creation of the Steiner Community Garden (behind the McCarthey Campus), home to 40 plots where gardeners from all over the valley grow delicious organic vegetables.

Sustainability in the Community

Our Sustainability Committee is open to students, faculty, staff, and parents interested in furthering Rowland Hall’s commitment to sustainability. The committee endeavors to create a culture of conservation and sustainability through our curriculum, everyday practices and policies, and facility operations. If you're interested in joining the Sustainability Committee please email Director of Ethical Education Ryan Hoglund.

Sustainability Timeline

2006

  • First Upper School sustainability class offered

2008

  • School-wide recycling program implemented
  • No idling policy roll out
  • E.E. Ford Foundation grant provided three-year funding for director of sustainability

2009

  • Students raise funds towards composting efforts with Environs Club dinner
  • Retrofitted lighting with energy-efficient bulbs

2010

  • $10,000 grant awarded by Rio Tinto for earth tub
  • Solar panels installed on McCarthey Campus
  • Composting efforts begin at McCarthey Campus

2011

  • Composting efforts begin at Lincoln Street Campus
  • Earth tub installation at McCarthey Campus
  • Utah Society for Environmental Education honors Rowland Hall with Platinum Award in Sustainability

2012

  • Utah Recycling Alliance gives Rowland Hall Innovative Path to Zero Award

2013

  • Built and opened Steiner Campus community gardens
  • Hosted Japanese educators for Sustainable Development Program

2014

  • Ongoing environmental education offered in curriculum of all divisions

2015

  • Joined inversion mitigation initiative in Salt Lake City

2016

  • Completed McCarthey HVAC recommissioning project
  • Upper and middle schoolers win Shane McConkey EcoChallenge $6,000 grand prize and endow fund for student sustainability projects
  • Installation of electric-vehicle chargers in the parking lot near the Steiner Campus soccer field, funded via the nonprofit Leaders for Clean Air and the Utah Governor’s Office of Energy Development

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