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Cape Henry Collegiate is proud to be named a Pearl Award-Winning School by the Lynnhaven River NOW organization. This award honors schools for Excellence in Environmental Education.


Environmental Sustainability

Cape Henry Collegiate is committed to fostering environmental education and sustainability throughout the School in a manner that is cost-effective and sustainable.

The School's initiatives are focused on four main areas:

  • Campus and Community Initiatives
  • Teachable Moments
  • Green Choices
  • Recycling and Composting

Campus and Community Initiatives

Chinese philosopher Laozi said, "The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." As our community seeks to build a better environment today and for our future, small initiatives on the local and regional levels are having a huge impact on the world we live in. Among our environmental initiatives are:
  • Lynnhaven River NOW Projects
    • Waterway Clean-Up
    • Oyster Restoration Project
    • Wetland Grass Planting
  • "Trout in the Classroom" Program
    • Lower School students and teachers raise trout from fertilized eggs, making daily observations of water quality. The fingerlings, hatching in late October, are almost an inch and a half long by mid-January. Towards the end of the school year, students will release the fry into watersheds.

Teachable Moments

Education is at the heart of what we do. While learning occurs in traditional subjects and areas of academia, knowledge about the world surrounding our students continues both within our walls and beyond the Cape Henry campus. Among the educational opportunities presented to our students are:

  • Grade 6 Winterim Week focused on Environmental Sustainability
    • Visits and tours of organic farms to learn about efforts local farmers and entrepreneurs are making to produce eco-friendly fruits and vegetables for consumers.
    • Field trips to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Brock Environmental Center, one of the most energy efficient, environmentally smart buildings in the world.
  • Summer at the Cape
    • Specialty camp offerings focus on providing students with a hands-on experience within the many ecosystems in and around the Hampton Roads area. These summer camps also highlight the important role our students play in the delicate balance of the environment around them.

Green Choices

Everyday our community faces choices in their professional, social, and academic lives. Cape Henry believes that among these decisions are "green" choices. Among the "green" activities at the School are:

  • Gardening
    • Both the vegetable and butterfly gardens are 100% organic and use composting for nutrients.
    • Items cultivated in the vegetable gardens are served in Café Dolphin.
    • Use of ladybugs to control aphids
    • Increased use of native plants and trees across our 30-acre campus
    • Continue expansion of gardening spaces at the School and school-owned housing
    • Utilizing rain barrels for irrigation of gardens and flower beds

  • Facilities
    • The janitorial services provider is committed to using certified-green cleaning products.
    • Increased use of LED and florescent lighting within campus facilities.
    • Refrigeration systems are being replaced with newer Energy-Star compliant systems.
    • Building Automated Systems (BAS) Computers control heating and air-conditioning systems.
    • Water to operate field sprinkler systems is supplied by wells.
    • New carpets installed in classrooms and hallways are made from recycled materials.

Recycling and Composting

Since nearly 80% of all school waste is considered recyclable, the Cape Henry Collegiate community is committed to recycling materials disposed of each and every day. Among Cape Henry's efforts are:

  • Recycling
    • Recycling bins for paper, cardboard, plastic bags and other plastic items are located throughout the campus in school classrooms and offices. Most items are recycled through a dual-stream system via Bay Disposal Company.
    • eRecycling program for batteries and old electronic equipment.
    • Marker recycling program through Crayola.
    • Collection of gently used school supplies (binders, notebooks, folders, pencils) at the end of the school year for use during the upcoming academic calendar. Items are shared within our community and with others in need.
    • Paper milk containers used during Lower School lunch are repurposed for use as mini "milk carton" gardens.
  • Composting
    • Egg shells and egg cartons are recycled in the School's compost.
    • Other compostable waste generated during school lunch periods is composted and spread into flower beds, gardens, and containers around the campus.
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