Camas School District strives to achieve the highest levels of sustainability its schools and facilities. Today, thanks to the efforts of staff and students, as well as ongoing design and efficiency considerations, CSD is continuing to reduce its environmental impact.
In the 2015-16 school year, CSD implemented a paperless delivery system for flyers, notices, and paperwork that previously would have been sent to homes in student backpacks. This initiative is cutting down on paper use, printing costs, and duplicative communicatives district wide.
All Camas Schools are members of the District’s Energy Star family and have earned the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR certification, which signifies that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA.
Grass Valley Elementary is certified at Level 3 in school grounds. The school’s Green Team has worked to breathe new life into neglected areas of the campus and organizes weeding parties to help keep areas free of invasive species. It also planned a composting center for leaves, other vegetation, and kitchen scraps.
Skyridge Middle School is certified at Level 3 in Waste & Recycling, Transportation, and Healthy School Buildings. The Green Team began an educational campaign and replaced all of their antibacterial spray with an all-natural, environmentally responsible alternative. The Green Team also maintains the changes that they enacted in past certifications through the implementation of recycling programs, no-idling zones, and student-led efforts to lessen Skyridge’s environmental footprint. Thanks to their efforts, Skyridge is now a healthier, more sustainable place!