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Sustainability Statement

19 April 2017

The American School in London is committed to sustainability and continuously improving environmental performance. ASL has a duty to provide its students with the knowledge and skills to look after the planet and to manage its resources wisely. Additionally, we believe in growth and change that is sustainable, economically responsible and beneficial to our community and neighborhood.

ASL assesses sustainability initiatives by considering their social, economic and environmental benefits. This approach can reveal interconnected advantages and value. For example, supporting student sustainability projects increases community engagement and reveals the value of individual awareness and choices. Through an annual report and dashboard, we will assess historical data and ongoing adjustments of sustainability initiatives.

Social initiative examples

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Econ Env
Establish cross-divisional eco committee, with student participation  
Support student-led ecology projects and community clubs  
Apply for a Green Flag award from the UK Eco-Schools organization and support the student-led reports, projects and assessments
Integrate environmental studies and awareness into the curriculum, where appropriate  
Increase community awareness of recently completed and upcoming sustainability projects and initiatives    

 

Economic initiative examples

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Econ Env

Minimize waste, fuel and electricity use by evaluating operations and equipment and ensuring they are as efficient as possible

 

Design and implement sustainable infrastructure objectives that self-fund over time when renovating or creating new facilities

 

Minimize our CO2 emissions by monitoring and improving our travel choices, transport fleet and equipment that produces emissions

 

Investigate programs to measure and help publicize the energy use, greenhouse gas emissions and carbon footprint generated by school operations and activities

 

Environmental initiative examples

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Econ Env

Achieve a Very Good BREEAM rating for the new Community Arts Building

Build an eco classroom at Canons Park that supports lower school environmental curricular goals

 

Actively promote recycling both internally and among our community and suppliers  
Contribute food waste to the Westminster biomass energy initiative  
Meet or exceed all environmental legislation that relates to the School and comply with national best practices  

 

Diversity Statement

Diversity is central to the ASL experience. We believe diversity promotes a vibrant learning process and fosters a positive school climate to prepare students to thrive in a diverse world. Our commitment to diversity influences what and how we teach as well as the composition of our school community.

At the American School in London, our definition of diversity encompasses ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic level, sexual orientation, nationality, physical ability, family structure, and religion. We extend our definition to include differences in identity, life experiences, backgrounds, beliefs and ideas.