Long before an environmental conscience was something people cared much about, Burroughs’ founders named the new school for a poet naturalist who lived in a wilderness cabin. In so doing, they imbued a reverence for nature into the very fabric of Burroughs. That core value, preserved through the decades, permeates a Burroughs education — from what students experience in their classes and at Drey Land (our 40-acre wilderness camp) to how the Plant Operations Department maintains the grounds to how architects design new buildings.
What is sustainability at Burroughs?
Sustainability at Burroughs means many things. It can be about the physical changes we make to our campus to reduce energy and resource consumption, and it can be about the ways we seek to change mindsets among members of the school community about the way we live our lives.
Our newest buildings are LEED certified, and the solar panels on the new gym roof generate a portion of the school’s electricity needs. We compost all food and waste materials from our kitchen and dining room. We recycle the majority of the materials we consume on campus and are working toward zero waste. Our physical plant vehicles use bio-diesel fuel produced from our kitchen.
All students in 7th and 9th grades participate in multi-day science and environmental immersion programs at Drey Land, our wilderness camp in the Ozarks. The garden class learns how to plant and grow vegetables for the school’s kitchen. All 10th grade students participate in an annual seminar to learn about what it means to be a global citizen on a smaller, more crowded planet with finite resources. Finally, sustainability related topics permeate our 7th – 12th grade curriculum, starting with a required course in Geography and Global Issues and in Earth Science and culminating in in-depth elective options for seniors.
Our sustainability work at Burroughs is always changing and evolving. We invite you to be involved!