What is Green Buckley?

Green Buckley is a school-wide sustainability movement at Buckley that promotes environmental literacy and climate preservation action throughout campus. Members of Green Buckley include students, faculty, and staff who lead educational events, initiatives, and programs and reduce consumption and waste at school.

Green Buckley in Action at School Events

  • Making sure all boxed waters are placed in recycling bins – this helps close the loop so that fewer new resources are used for paper products. 
  • Rescuing any water remaining in boxes from recycle bins and instead distributing it as plant/tree water. Introducing the “leftover” water for plants helps recycle the water during the drought and supports the many native plants on campus. Keeping a healthy ecosystem of native plants is crucial for healthy soil and reducing soil erosion.
  • Collecting any food trash from tables, etc at the event and disposing of it in the trash (our future goal - composting!) – this helps keep the wildlife in our unique canyon ecosystem safe and wild. Human food attracts wildlife and can interrupt an ecosystem (individuals not from the ecosystem population are driven to the location, which encourages competition and offsets the ecological niche of the individuals living in the population).
  • Keeping any landfill trash away from wildlife. Animals will pick up and collect items (pens, plastic wrappers, etc) that can be sharp or hurtful as choking hazards. 
  • Helping to keep classroom doors closed to conserve AC and reduce fossil fuel combustion and lessen greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Turning off lights in classrooms that are not being used to reduce electricity use, fossil fuel combustion, greenhouse gas emissions. Electrical transmission is a source of sulfur hexafluoride and its use is a source of CO2 emissions.

Buckley Faculty & Staff Go Green

  • Starting fall of 2022, the Faculty Lounge at Buckley has gone paper and plastic free, opting for reusable dishes.
  • In Middle and Upper School, several classrooms are 100% paper free. 

Green News

List of 9 news stories.

  • Middle School Gardening Visits Kindergarten Classrooms

    Seventh graders Avery D., Rose H., Catelyn P., and Eden P. approached gardening teacher Andrew Kaila with an idea to use rocks harvested from the Nature Trail to create an activity for the kindergarten classes. 

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  • The Healing Powers of Nature

    What could be more trans-disciplinary than nature? In the lunchtime gathering, “The Healing Powers of Nature,” Upper School students explored the many ways the natural world shows up in science, literature, activism, and politics. 

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  • Buckley Nature Trail: Palm Springs!

    Eighteen Upper School students and five chaperones set out at 7:00 a.m. on Friday, January 20,  to embark on Buckley’s first-ever field trip to Palm Springs, where they would learn about and experience the interconnection of plants, animals (including humans!), and the elements.
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  • Have you seen the new Green Wall?

    As part of Buckley’s ongoing efforts to promote environmental literacy and justice, Upper School students enrolled in Tipping Points, How to Save the Planet, and AP Environmental Studies gathered at the southern tip of the Academic and Performing Arts Building to construct what may likely be the first of many living green walls on campus.
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  • Instead of a Final: Generational Indigenous Planting

    Instead of taking a final, the Upper School Tipping Points class stepped outside of the classroom to plant a generational indigenous garden – different from a simply native garden in that it mimics the planting practices of indigenous people, approaching the earth with care and respect.
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  • Fifth Grade Celebrates Earth Day and Beautifies Campus

    With the leadership of interim science department chair Anat Fernandes, fifth grade students ventured to green space by the K-2 playground to learn about plants native to California, how to plant, and the importance of Earth Day.
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  • Resilient Explorers Host First-Ever Pop-Up Thrift Shop

    Megan M. ’23, communications intern and president, Fashion Club
    This, the Climate Action Team and Fashion Club collaborated to host Buckley’s first-ever Pop-Up Thrift Shop right on campus in the CCA Courtyard!
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  • Ever Done a "Bio Blitz"?

    Students in Middle School Gardening and AP Environmental Science got together for a BioBlitz on two successive days.
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  • Want to Save the Planet? New Classes Teach You How!

    Among the new classes offered this school year, students have the opportunity to take two environmental literacy electives: Tipping Points with Anat Fernandes and How to Save the Planet: An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Climate Crisis with Eric Peterson. 

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