Understanding how our ever-changing and interconnected world works helps us function effectively and act responsibly. It helps us explore where we came from, how we live today, and where we may find ourselves tomorrow. It helps us understand the intricate and interrelated systems of our changing planet. It helps us protect the diverse creatures we share the planet with. It helps us care about what happens in the future to our world and the communities it supports. And it helps us explore and innovate constructively and sustainably.
We have a responsibility to help shape the way for the next generation of citizens and leaders and practice environmental conservation. At Keystone, we take pride in our commitment to environmental stewardship. It is an important element of our School Mission Statement describing students who learn ‘to be stewards of the environment’, taught by teachers who are ‘compassionate mentors’ and ‘world-minded citizens’. And we want our graduates to ‘possess the intellectual, cultural, and ecological fluency to navigate gracefully the colleges, careers, and communities of their choice’.
Here, we believe that it is our duty to prepare students and members of the school community to be responsible and thoughtful leaders and citizens, committed to the welfare of our shared planet and its inhabitants. Being a good citizen means working for the betterment of our world, locally and globally, and inspiring positive environmental change for sustainable living within our school community and beyond.
Our School Mission Statement guides us in our commitment to sustainable environmental conservation both in the curriculum and our management practices. Our aim to promote the environment, minimize adverse impacts and raise awareness through responsible action, knowledge and understanding is woven into the interdisciplinary curriculum and co-curriculum at Keystone. We support and encourage student and community initiatives on furthering environmental practices that bring about a more positive outcome for the world we live in.
At Keystone we also recognize that our own activities impact the environment and we are committed to continually improving actions and performances in line with national and international standards and practices. Guided by our Environmental Mission, Keystone community members take responsibility for their actions, strive to reduce the volume of materials used and wasted, recycle and reuse materials wherever possible, endeavor to restore what has been destroyed, and show respect for the local and global environment.
In practice, we see this mirrored in the nature and origin of the supplies and products we source; the reduction of our paper use and print materials output; the principles of reduce, reuse and recycle concerning waste management; the appropriate size food servings and use of reusable dishware in our dining halls; the composting of kitchen food waste; the use of shared and public transportation; water harvesting and conservation practices; increased energy efficiency strategies; and student-led environmental initiatives and green projects around the campus.
“Keystone’s Environmental Policy applies to and has implications for all of us, and we must try to put these guidelines and recommendations into practice with seriousness,” said Head of School Malcolm McKenzie.