Sustainability

The Sustainability Committee helps the ANCS family keep our school green! New families might not know that ANCS was chosen as a Georgia Green Ribbon School in 2016 for our efforts in promoting health and reducing environmental impact, and we’re aiming to continue to go green any way we can.

Two of our main efforts are on reducing cafeteria waste and maintaining the garden beds on the ground.

Zero Waste Lunch Days

Join us on the last Wednesday of every month, when we try to see how much we can reduce the trash at lunchtime. Students who bring lunch from home are encouraged to pack their food in reusable containers and to use reusable utensils and cloth napkins. Chef Bradley is preparing a meal that can be eaten without utensils. We’ll even be composting fruit and vegetable scraps. We’ll measure the trash and compare it to a typical lunch day to see how well we’ve done. If you want to volunteer to have lunch with your student on Zero Waste Day and help with tracking our progress, let us know by emailing Jessica Harlan!

Gardening on the Grounds

Did you know each Elementary Campus class has its own garden bed? We’re looking for parents who are interested in helping restore, clear, plant, and maintain these beds, as well as our fruit tree orchard and other gardens on the grounds. No gardening experience necessary. If you’re interested in learning more, please email Harden Goldenberg.

Did You Know: The ANCS nutrition department has already taken strides to go green. Fryer oil is turned into biodiesel and food scraps from meal prep are fed to the school’s chickens or composted. Last year, the nutrition department used a PTCA minigrant to replace disposable Styrofoam bowls with reusable melamine bowls. The kitchen also recently purchased reusable cups for the students who drink alternate milk like soy milk, rather than using disposables.