Sustainability

We recognize that Lovett's mission is to empower our students with the knowledge, skills, habits, and values to reach their full potential and participate as co-creators of communities that flourish over time.

Educating for sustainability is an integral and essential part of that mission. We believe that by educating our students for sustainability-- by developing their ability to understand how systems work, how things are interconnected, and how consequences flow from choices-- we will help them become better thinkers, more creative problem solvers, and more engaged citizens. 

We believe that a healthy and sustainable future is possible. To this end, we strive toward policies and practices in our operations, community life, and classrooms that promote sustainability and our educational vision.


Sustainability Speaker in Residence

Sustainability Speaker in Residence

Dr. Katharine Wilkinson is Senior Writer at Project Drawdown, where she has focused on bringing to life the New York Times best-seller Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming.  Katharine’s interdisciplinary background cuts across research, strategy, and thought leadership, with a focus on exploring, amplifying, and invigorating action to address climate change. Previously, she was Director of Strategy at the purpose consultancy BrightHouse and worked for the Boston Consulting Group and the Natural Resources Defense Council. Based on her doctoral research at the University of Oxford, Katharine published Between God & Green: How Evangelicals Are Cultivating a Middle Ground on Climate Change, called “a vitally important, even subversive, story” by The Boston Globe. She holds a D.Phil. (Ph.D.) in Geography & Environment from Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and a B.A. in Religion from Sewanee: The University of the South. 



Previous Scholars
2016-17            Galen Fulford, Executive Director of BioMatrix Water
2015-16Stephanie Stuckey Benfield, Director of Sustainability for the City of Atlanta
2014-15Garth Johnson, Artist/Curator
2013-14Peter Byck, Director/Producer of Carbon Nation
2012-13Ocean Foundation: Dr. David Guggenheim, Frances Kinney, Sam Lardner
2011-12Sam Stier, Director of Education for the Biomimicry Institute
2010-11Ray Anderson, CEO of Interface

Dining Services

To reduce our community's waste, the Dining Hall serves all lunches on permanent china and silverware. The Dining Hall has also stopped using trays. This saves resources by reducing water usage and resources to heat water for washing trays; using less chemicals for cleaning; and cutting down on waste.

Energy Star dishwashing equipment is used to minimize water usage and energy efficient deep fryers are also used for food preparation. All pre-consumer waste produced by the Dining Hall is composted and cooking oil goes toward Lovett’s biodiesel program. Lovett donates any edible foods to Atlanta Table to feed the homeless.

In addition, bulk dispensers for condiments, juice, milk, and some foods are used to reduce waste.

Lovett started a composting program in the Dining Hall and Cafe in the spring of 2013. Most items that have been previously thrown in the trash are now able to be placed in the composting bins located in the Dining Hall and the Cafe. Approximately 90% of all Dining Hall waste is diverted out of landfills.

Earth Week

Each April, the whole school celebrates Earth Week with a Sustainability Scholar in Residence, educational activities, service opportunities, special initiatives, and the sale of plants grown by Upper School botany students. 

Green Schools Purchasing Consortium

Lovett is one of 28 schools nationwide to become a charter member of the Green Schools Purchasing Consortium, a program of the Green Schools Alliance. Through this consortium, 28 public and independent schools have agreed to purchase nearly 25 million kilowatt house of renewable electricity—the environmental equivalent of taking 3,400 cars off the road for a year! Lovett purchased Renewable Energy Certificates to offset 25% of its electricity usage from January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2017, an estimated 3,937,000 Kwh. By so doing, we are helping to counterbalance our environmental footprint while also supporting the creation of clean energy.

Green Team

The Upper School and the Middle School have a student-run Green Team that promotes sustainability through activities, initiatives, and outreach within their division.

The Green Team's most well-known activity is the annual E-Waste Drive. Families bring old electronic gadgets onto campus to be taken to a disposal or recycling site. E-waste composes some of the most toxic items that go into landfills, so the Green Team is trying to give members of the community a place to take these items so they can be properly and safely disposed.

Solar Arrays

As part of Lovett's 2015 Earth Week celebration, the Green Team hosted the ribbon cutting and dedication of the 11Kwh solar array in the Lower School Arcade, donated by Trey and Juliette Jarrard.

The array allows us to access data in real time so our community can see how much energy is being produced and how much CO2 is being offset. 

To see the live feed, click here

As part of Earth Week 2016, additional solar arrays were installed along the Lower School Arcade and at the Physical Plant.

The Physical Plant's array includes 200 solar panels. 
Every clean, renewable electron that is created will be used to power the Physical Plant. It is estimated that annual production will be about 76,800 kWh which means that Lovett will be reducing CO2 emissions by 46.8 metric tons every year for the next twenty to twenty five years. That is the equivalent of planting over 38 acres of trees every year, or taking ten cars off the road and burning 5,264 fewer gallons of gasoline every year for the next quarter century. 

To see the live feed, click here

Organic Gardening

Lovett has several organic gardens on campus. Students learn through gardening in each division. Lower School students learn about pollinators, native species, and composting. Middle School students have created a vertical garden on the school's green roof where they grow seasonal herbs and flowers. Upper School botany students learn about planting, harvesting, and sustainable food production in the Upper School greenhouse. Students also learn how to make their own soil, which teaches them what soil amendments, nutrients, and dirt make good soil, and how to ensure good drainage, as the seeds germinate in the greenhouse. The students plot out the garden and plan in advance, measuring how many plants can be placed in the square feet available. Through the support of Lovett’s food service program, food from Lovett’s organic gardens are often served in the Dining Hall and Cafe!

Lower School "Chick Inn" Coop

In Fall 2015, five organic chickens joined the Lower School community. The chickens live across the path from the Lower School garden in a chicken coup, fondly named by the students, “The Chick Inn”. Lower School science teacher Sarah Spiers uses the chickens to teach students about the lifecycles and stewardship to the Earth. In addition to providing more hands-on learning, the chickens also teach students about a self-sustaining business model. The Chicken Club (a group of students who are most interested in taking care of the animals) sell the chickens’ eggs to the rest of the Lovett community. The money that they make is used for purchasing food for the chickens. With five chickens, the students have approximately 1,625 eggs per year to sell.


Portman Family Middle School

For a brochure about the Middle School's sustainable features, click here. Click on the Building Dashboard link here to track the Middle School's utility use in real time.

Guided and self-guided tours highlighting the school's sustainable features are available. Please contact the Middle School front desk at (404) 262-3032, ext. 1222, to make arrangements.

EV Charging Stations

There are four electric vehicle charging stations located near the entrance to the parking deck. The charging stations can fully charge an EV battery (zero to full) in two hours. Cars in parking spaces on either side of the four EV chargers can reach them. In addition, four cars can be charged using regular electrical outlets in the parking deck.

Walk to School Days

Lovett occasionally hosts Walk to School Days during the school year where families and students are encouraged to walk, bike, or carpool to school.
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