Environmental Sustainability

By minimizing our carbon footprint, we are being a responsible community member and providing our students with increased environmental consciousness and understanding.

—Lisa Massie, Director of Facilities

Students examining leaves

Earth Week

April 23 to 27, 2018

Havergal College’s respect for the earth is also demonstrated through adherence to strategic waste diversion practices and an active Environmental Council. This year, Havergal will celebrate Earth Week from April 23-27. From planting saplings to learning about the benefits of urban farming, there are plenty of ways for students to participate:

  • April 24: On Day 9, a program dedicated to experiential learning, students have the opportunity to attend excursions to learn about urban farming and sustainable food sources.
  • April 25: During lunch, there will be an apple tree planting ceremony on the northeast corner of campus, with hand-picked saplings from Angas Farm & Nursery and the Environmental Council.
  • April 26: Attend a screening of the 1972 version of The Lorax, a commentary on environmental stewardship and the “Tragedy of Commons”.
  • April 27: At lunch, Bartlett Tree Experts will hand out pine saplings for students to plant at home. The Environmental Council will be distributing coffee grounds in the Temerty Commons, for gardening composting.

Learn more about the waste Havergal has diverted from landfills since 2012.

Campus enhancements

Sustainable design features
  • Green roofs to reduce energy consumption and help clean the air.
  • Rooftop solar array panels to produce an alternative source of energy for the school.
  • Three-storey BioWall to provide a natural air filtration system, which helps to purify and freshen the air within the Upper School building.
  • Daylight sensors and occupancy controls to ensure that lights are turned off after a room is vacated.
  • Electric vehicle charging stations to promote the reduction of greenhouse gases.
  • Water use–efficient plumbing fixtures to decrease water usage.
  • Native and drought-resistant plants, reducing the volume of water needed to maintain beautiful gardens.