Sustainability Timeline

This page contains a timeline of our school's most important sustainability-related initiatives and achievements. It is updated as we achieve greater progress toward becoming an ecologically more responsible community.

1970    Annual Potpourri (500-family garage sale) launched

1971    Drey Land environmental science programs began

1974    Outdoor Education trips and programs began

1993    First course on Ecology and Conservation offered

2002    Joined the Global Youth Leadership program

2002    Urban Issues & Design Class launched

2005    Student Environmental Club established

2005    7th grade Geography and Global Issues course established

2007    Bee colony established to produce honey

2008    Super High Mileage Club established

2009    Biodiesel production began

2010    Herb garden created to provide fresh herbs to the kitchen

2010    Globalization and Sustainability senior elective established

2011    Faculty and Staff Sustainability Committee established

2011    Prairie restoration project completed

2012    Advanced Placement Environmental Science course established

2012    Garden constructed and first garden class offered

2012    Sustainability-themed year

2012    Eliminated sale of water in plastic bottles

2012    Joined a local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program

2014    First LEED-certified buildings completed, including the new Taylor Family Athletic Center, new Haertter Performing Arts Center and the renovated Commons and Cissel Center

2014    Low-emitting and car-pooling parking spaces created

2014    Sustainability became a school-wide self-study issue as part of the school’s re-accreditation process

2014    Kitchen and dining room began composting all food waste, along with implementing many other sustainable practices

2014    For the first time, greenhouse used year-round to grow produce for the school lunch program

2015    Faculty member used his sabbatical to travel the nation touring schools to learn about best practices in sustainability

2015    Students for Sustainable Change organization created to expand work started by the Student Environmental Club

2015    School-wide composting began to apply to the school’s garden and greenhouse vegetable production

2017    MUN Impact formed at the global level, providing students with a framework for taking action in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. A JBS faculty co-sponsor of THIMUN was one of the thought leaders who created this organization

2018    LEED-certified STAR Building completed, including a geothermal heat pump system and a biodiesel processing facility. Cold weather gardening moved into the STAR’s new greenhouse

2019    STAR Building solar panels brought online

2019    The first UN MUN Summit Impact held in New York, attended by more than 400 students representing 25 nations. Six JBS students presented their Tampon Drive project

2019    JBS Faculty co-sponsor of THIMUN is using his sabbatical to travel the world in search of student leaders and school programs that support the UN Sustainable Development Goals via MUN Impact