NCC as a green campus makes healthy choices for ourselves and our planet. Our goal is to reduce our carbon footprint and to show children, staff, families, community and the world how we can live responsibly on Earth. A carbon footprint is the total amount of greenhouse gases produced by human activity.
NCC is a re-certified “Bay Area Green Business” since 2012 and has received an “Acterra Award for Sustainability.” That means that NCC has been recognized for our leadership in achieving all three pillars of sustainability: people, planet and profit.
The following steps are daily practices that are incorporated by NCC as good stewards of our God given precious resources:
- We eat fruits and vegetables and drink 1% milk twice a day with snack (People).
- We teach healthy eating habits with a focus on local and organic produce while teaching others locally and around the world to do the same. (People/Planet).
- We raise funds for and support educational programs in remote places to make sustainable choices. (People/Planet)
- We accept donations to support green education locally
and around the world (Planet/Profit).
- We compost all green kitchen scraps along with coffee grinds from the local coffee shop. This compost, along with our worm droppings, and chicken manure is used in our Edible Yard (Planet).
- We grow and harvest organic fruit, herbs, and vegetables from our own Edible Yard (Planet).
- We collect and re-use our grey water from handwashing to water our trees and ornamental bushes (Planet/Profit).
- We utilized discarded fruit tree clippings to grow our own fruit orchard (Planet).
- NCC does use green certified pesticides in our Edible Yard. However, pest control is required on occasion and we notify parents and staff whenever this is necessary, even if they are green certified. An MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) file is maintained on campus (Planet).
- We reduce, reuse and recycle (Planet/Profit).
- We accept donations to support green education locally and around the world (Planet/Profit).
- We use cleaning supplies which are safe for animals and people (People/Planet).
- We purchase wind and solar power from the City of Santa Clara (Planet).
- We require all lunches to be green. Parents provide a daily healthy lunch in 100% reusable containers and must include a cloth napkin/washcloth, reusable utensils, and a thermos filled with water. All non-compostable trash is sent home (People/Planet/Profit).
Since December 2012, Neighborhood Christian Center has officially been a certified Bay Area Green Business! As of February 2016, we have been been re-certified as a Green Business. This means that our school has complied with the environmental regulations and have met the general practices and targets resource conservation and pollution prevention measures. Some general practices are:
- Track water and energy usage and solid and hazardous waste generation.
- Adopt a written environmentally preferable (or green) purchasing policy.
- Establish a 'green team' that can help guide efforts to green your business.
- Provide three on-going incentives or training opportunities to encourage management and employee participation.
- Inform your customers about your efforts to meet the Green Business Standards.
Check out the video below to see how we are doing our part to be Green!
NCC AS A BUSINESS ENVIRONMENTAL ACTERRA AWARD WINNER FOR SUSTAINABILITY
NCC has received a Business Environmental Acterra Award for Sustainability with Special Commendation and is recognized for their leadership in the three pillars of sustainability: people, planet and profit. We are honored that we are able to say that WE ARE the little preschool that received this prestigious environmental award in 2014 that were among nominees such as Google. This was a special category created especially for NCC that will never be used again.
Click on the video below to see NCC receive the Acterra Award.
NCC AS A CERTIFIED ECO-HEALTHY CHILD CARE
NCC'S GREEN SCHOOL ONLINE FORUM
Every year, NCC hosts a special online forum event where Early Childhood Educators from all over the Bay Area discuss ways of how to be sustainable in their educational facilities. It will inspire how to work towards making simple green choices.
WHAT: NCC's 4th Annual Green School Online Forum
Purpose: Equipping Preschool Educators to live sustainably
When: Saturday, September 10, 2016
Time and Where: TBA. ONLINE (web page and online username access will be granted upon registration)
FOR MORE INFO, contact Graciela Marques-Hahn at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us on the Green School Forum Facebook Fan Page for more information.