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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.

Sustainability

Sustainability

Contact
Jim Heynderickx, director of operations:
jim_heynderickx@asl.org

The American School in London recognizes the effect that its operations and activities have on the environment, and appreciates that the School has a responsibility to limit these effects in order to safeguard the environment for future generations, while educating students on the important issues of protecting our environment.

Sustainability statement

The American School in London is committed to sustainability and continuously improving environmental performance. ASL has a duty to provide its students, staff and faculty 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

Soc

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

Soc

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

Soc

Econ Env
Replace all fluorescent lamps with energy-efficient LED lamps

Shared partnership with the School’s Energy Co-operative to install solar panels on the pavilion at Canons Park

 

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  

 

Student initiatives

Mission:

Our mission is to reduce ASL’s ecological footprint by raising awareness in the community and implementing environmentally friendly initiatives.

Vision:

We envision ASL as an environmental leader with an eco friendly mindset in which members are actively creating a green, sustainable community.

Student organizations

ASL has three student organizations that aim to create a greener community: the high school Sustainability Council, the middle school Eco-committee, and the lower school Change Makers. The three groups collaborate on a number of all-school projects, including Earth Hour and Earth Week, and are working toward earning the Green Flag award from Eco-schools.

The Sustainability Council (SusCo) mission is “to reduce ASL’s ecological footprint by raising awareness in the community and implementing environmentally friendly initiatives.” Student representatives meet weekly to plan monthly events, Earth Week and various initiatives to reduce ASL’s ecological footprint. They work with parents, faculty and staff to run the annual Swap, conduct litter walks, and bring guest speakers to ASL. In 2017, SusCo sponsored a panel of London sustainable fashion designers followed by an evening screening of The True Cost sparking conversation throughout the School. In 2018, Hendrikus van Hensbergen and Laura Kravac from Action for Conservation spoke to middle and high school students about the power of the student voice during Earth Week.

In addition to working on projects with other divisions, the middle school Eco-committee has been focusing on waste in the Commons, from the school’s cafeteria. Following discussions with administration, the Commons now has an improved system for recycling and composting food waste. During the spring, the Eco-committee hosted a healthy living week to promote an awareness of our daily impact on individual health and the environmental health of our community. Students also worked with SusCo to bring recycling to last year’s Global Festival.

In the Lower School, Change Makers and Wild are two popular after-school activity options for students. Students in the Change Makers group are developing sustainable mindsets by conducting an environmental review of ASL and initiating activities such as litter walks. Through unstructured, outdoor play on Hampstead Heath, Wild helps to cultivate a connection to and appreciation of nature in students. In addition to these initiatives, many classes in the Lower School have a student eco warrior to ensure that everyone recycles and turns off lights.

Construction, refurbishment and travel

The American School in London’s maintenance and facilities team regularly review best practices in sustainability. During the planning stages of any new project, we consider:

  • Conservation of energy and water
  • Avoiding the use of pollutants and potential pollutants
  • Taking steps to minimize the production of waste
  • Protecting plants and wildlife
  • Meeting local needs while respecting people and their environment
Electricity

Employees are asked to switch off lights and/or equipment when not needed. Evening housekeepers turn off lights once finished for the night. Other guidelines include:

  • Reducing energy consumption by disabling screensavers (use dimming function or turn screen off).
  • Turn down monitor brightness setting.
  • Leave the lights off during the day if there is enough natural light.
  • Turn off equipment when not in use.
  • Keep doors and windows in air conditioned rooms closed when the air conditioning is on. Refrain from covering thermostats or having a heat source next to the thermostat.
Lighting

Our team is in the process of replacing light systems with energy efficient LEDs on campus.

Switching off

During holidays or school closures, a device and equipment shutdown reminder is distributed to employees.

Travel

The American School in London works closely with the City of Westminster to encourage our employees and students to reduce our carbon footprint by following the below travel hierarchy;

Waste and recycling

 

Waste
Disposal
Bin type
Collected by

Cardboard

Dry mixed recycling

Green bin

Westminster / Veolia

Paper

Dry mixed recycling

Green bin

Westminster / Veolia

Plastic bottles

Dry mixed recycling

Green bin

Westminster / Veolia

Malleable plastics

General waste

Black bin

Westminster / Veolia

Plastic bags

General waste

Black bin

Westminster / Veolia

Cans and small metal pieces

Dry mixed recycling

Green bin

Westminster / Veolia

Food waste (kitchen and Commons only)

Food waste

Clear bin

Westminster / Veolia

Food waste (School Wide)

General waste

Black bin

Westminster / Veolia

Glass

Dry mixed recycling

Green bin

Westminster / Veolia

Broken glass

General waste*

Black bin

Westminster / Veolia

Exterior general waste

General waste

Clear bin

Westminster / Veolia

Wood (small pieces)

General waste

Black bin

Westminster / Veolia

Used Pens

Side pods on Nexus bins

Nexus

Charles Dickens Primary School*

Batteries

Side pods on Nexus bins

Nexus

Currently unavailable

Printer Toners and Cartridges

Supplied boxes

Special bins located near printers

Clover Environmental Solutions

Books

Charity

Boxes

School aid

Clothing / textiles

Charity

Black bags or boxes

Charity or delivered

Electrical waste

Stored in the boiler room

None, picked up upon request

Light Brother

WEE Waset

Stored in the boiler room

None, picked up upon request

Edmonton Electrical

Wood (large volumes)

Stored outside gym foyer

None, picked up upon request

Woodsie waste

Old (broken) furniture

Stored outside gym foyer

None, picked up upon request

Woodsie waste

Large heavy metal

Stored outside gym foyer

None, picked up upon request

Woodsie waste

The American School in London is based in Westminster. Westminster City Council and Veolia are our waste collection providers.

Catering and food service

Environmental and sustainability objectives

To reduce the School’s carbon footprint, pollution emissions and minimize energy ASL’s caterers will be required, where possible, to purchase produce from local or regional sources within the UK and promote seasonal produce. The caterers will be expected to select suppliers with a commitment to sustainability, in particular, suppliers seeking to reduce wasteful packaging.

ASL’s caterers will also be required to monitor and reduce, where possible, energy consumption in their cooking processes. They will be expected to continuously improve environmental performance based on targets and objectives by seeking to reduce packaging required in selling products and by ensuring that all such packaging and disposables are from a sustainable source.

ASL’s caterers will also be required to monitor and reduce, where possible, the waste generated by their food processes and to assist ASL in disposing of all waste in an environmentally appropriate way.

Where products cannot be sourced locally, ASL’s suppliers are required to be proactive in maintaining a culture of responsible environmental awareness and global citizenship through the purchase of produce independently accredited in high standards of sustainability and fair trade.

ASL’s caterers will be expected to publish and monitor their own Corporate Social Responsibility goals.