Bellarmine gets gold for going green

Bellarmine College Preparatory got a golden ticket from the state for its efforts to go green.

The private boys high school located in the Rose Garden area has been recognized as a 2021 California Green Ribbon School Gold Level honoree.

Bellarmine achieved this recognition for its efforts toward three “pillars” defined by the state’s Department of Education: reducing environmental impacts and costs; improving the health and wellness of schools, students and staff; and providing effective environmental education that incorporates science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, civic skills and green career pathways.

Bellarmine’s sustainability programs include a garden used for outdoor instruction in botany, marine biology and California history; use of biodegradable and environmentally friendly products in the kitchen; use of refillable water bottles instead of single-use, disposable plastic; installation of rooftop solar panel systems; use of a co-generator for electrical power for the main campus and, as a byproduct, heating of the school’s 600,000-gallon swimming pool.

Principal Kristina Luscher noted that the recognition is in line with Bellarmine’s Mission of Environmental Sustainability, adopted by the board of trustees in February 2017 with the goal of “educating our community about ecological stewardship and solidarity with creation, and by modeling that stewardship and solidarity in the day-to-day operations of our school.”

“I hope that we can all take a moment to appreciate how far we have come as a school toward our goal of becoming a more sustainable institution,” Patrick Adams, Bellarmine’s Green Initiatives coordinator, said in a statement.

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