New Sustainability Policies on Campus
The RCS Sustainability Club has been hard at work this year, but we’ve also had a lot of fun! We made pesto a few times using the basil we grow in our AeroGarden which we just recently expanded. We are now growing lemon mint, mint, lavender, and lemon balm. We are also encouraging teachers to put an AeroGarden in their classrooms to bring some life into each room. Aside from our two great AeroGardens, we have been very focused on recycling at Riverdale. We are ordering more recycling bins just like the ones outside of Kelly Nicholson-Flynn’s office in Mow Hall. Our plan is to put one in the cafeteria as well as one or two in each building. These are great bins because they make it really easily to appropriately separate and recycle the garbage. Despite circulating rumors, Riverdale does recycle. Our maintenance crew works very hard to separate the trash into the appropriate bins. When we don’t sort our trash accordingly, it makes much more work for them. I would really really encourage everyone to put their garbage into the right place to show our gratitude for the hardworking maintenance team. Riverdale produce 15 bags of garbage a day. That is 75 bags of garbage a school week. This is a huge amount of waste that can certainly be minimized by a little bit of work. The plastic utensils in the cafeteria can be recycled, please don’t just throw them out. The Sustainability Club is working to make it easier for you but we need the community to participate if we want this to work. The earth is in our hands and we need to treat it with love and respect because it won’t be able to sustain us if we keep treating it the way we do. Recycling makes a huge impact on the amount of plastic and paper in landfills and its effects should not be belittled. When you see the new recycling bins popping up, please use them. If we want to reduce Riverdale’s carbon footprint we need to work as a community and perpetuate each other’s sustainable efforts.