|Plastic Bottle-free campus: drinks in plastic bottles are not sold on campus. We encourage the use of personal water bottles|
|Water fountains throughout school with spouts for refilling personal water bottles|
|Green Mondays on the second and fourth Monday of each month|
|Friday Lights Out: non-emergency and non-essential lights turned off every Friday, 10:55-1:15|
|Winter air conditioning policy: during December, a/c in the afternoon only; from January-end of February, no a/c|
|Recycling of paper, plastics, cans and glass|
|Household plastics recycling through school: bring in your household plastic for our plastics collector|
|Morning traffic regulations to reduce car exhaust and traffic congestion|
|Organic Garden and Composting Club|
|Food Links collects unserved food from the cafeteria to re-distribute to charities, food kitchens and NGOs|
|Motion Sensors for Lights have been installed in the 11F play area, helping to reduce energy consumption|
The School Environmental Education Development Committee (SEED) was formed in the spring of 2010 to coordinate and lead a concerted school-wide effort toward awareness, education and action in environmental issues with the goal of making CDNIS a more environmentally friendly school. This effort is known as CDNIS EcoSmart (http://ecosmart.cdnis.edu.hk/)
SEED consists of students, teachers, Administration staff and parents addressing issues such as plastic reduction, energy use reduction via light and air conditioning policies, water and paper usage, greening of the school, traffic policies and cafeteria operations. Various campaigns and initiatives are implemented throughout the year, with local guest speakers as well as from abroad invited to CDNIS. Dress Down Day themes and the International Coastal Clean-up are also a part of the year.
Parents can help on a daily basis by encouraging children to form habits such as bringing a litter-free lunch, using water bottles and coffee mugs, taking the bus to school, turning off unnecessary lights and air conditioning at home, turning off the car engine while waiting at school, disconnecting plugs when not in use, and having a Lights Out evening at home regularly. School families also participate in community events such as beach clean ups initiated by external organizations.
SEED has requested the cooperation of all members of the school community, whether as a participant in some or all of the activities, as a member of the organising sub-committees or by providing ideas and support. We hope our combined efforts will provide motivation for everyone to continue efforts at home, making us all aware of the environmental responsibility required in this modern world.
For more information contact Liz Chow.