Windsor Unified School District serves over 4000 youth in Windsor. The Board of Trustees has Board Policy and regulations that promote environmental stewardship, including reducing waste, recycling, healthy eating, and environmental education, yet the practices at each site need improvement, coordination, and more vision.
The school district has the opportunity to do a tremendous amount of education on the climate crisis and cultivate more sustainable practices. In addition, the Town of Windsor has been paying for the waste hauling for the school district and fire department, and the hauler is currently negotiating a rate increase. It is a good time to act.
Effecting Our Mark
Our first task is to take a Climate Emergency Resolution to the Board of Trustees. The resolution has been drafted and now we need to demonstrate community support for its adoption. The resolution asks for increased environmental education offerings, better recycling and waste diversion practices, better access to high quality plant based food in the school lunch program, and the creation of a sustainability coordinator who would work with the district and town to plan and implement projects.
Students & Teachers
The Windsor High School campus has a student club, Committee for Change (CFC) working on each of these issues as well as a teacher group working to pass the resolution. A very strong school garden and waste reduction program was taking place at Cali Calmecac Language Academy up until schools were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to expand and improve sustainability practices at all schools.
When we pass the resolution, we will encourage the hiring of a sustainability coordinator, and if that is not possible due to the dismal state of school funding because of the pandemic, we will work to educate staff and students on better practices, reducing waste, improving school meals, and work alongside the town to combat climate change. We want all long range planning for the district to take the environment into consideration.