Mayfair Laboratory School Celebrates 2017 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Award

May. 24 2017

Mayfair Laboratory School hosted a celebration Wednesday in honor of the school recently being named a 2017 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools award winner. The school recognized the contributions of Green Champion Tiffany May.

Mayfair Laboratory School was nominated by the Louisiana Department of Education. Mayfair has several energy conservation efforts in place. The school has reduced overall energy consumption by over 20 percent and greenhouse gas emissions by over 25 percent in two years. Mayfair has twice earned EPA’s ENERGY STAR award (in 2014 and 2016) for its resource conservation efforts.

Mayfair has reduced waste by 40 percent through use of Google documents and a one-to-one laptop program. All teachers in grades three through six have online Google classrooms where they post digital assignments. Students have access to homework assignments, class projects, in-class assignments, and upon completion can turn them in using the Google platform.

From the chemicals used on campus to extracurricular activities, Mayfair takes the health and wellness of its students and staff seriously, and has put into place several measures in support. The school’s IPM plan uses only student-made natural ingredients as pest deterrents in the garden, and 75 percent of the commercial products on campus have been certified by EcoLab. Students amend their garden soil with compost they have made, and gather pine straw for mulch and ground covering for use in raised beds.

Mayfair students in grades kindergarten through fifth receive 150 minutes of physical education per week, and in grade six they receive 250 minutes. They spend the majority of exercise time outdoors, incorporate music, and are in constant movement. Students participate annually in Body Walk, a 35-foot by 45-foot enclosed walk-through exhibit representing the human body, with classroom activities for use before and after the students’ walk through.

Across the country, 45 schools, nine districts, and nine postsecondary institutions are being honored for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education.

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