Our Green Motto: ¡Viva el Verde!
Among the initiatives at Trinity Valley School are to create an example of respect for the environment and to provide a model for the students to emulate in the future. From gardens to recycling plastic bottles to awareness of paper usage, the students are involved in making a difference on campus. Here are the TVS initiatives to become more green:
TXU Solar Panel: Trinity Valley School has a Solar Education Program. We are one of the 10 schools in Texas to receive the gift of a solar panel from TXU Energy and their Solar Academy. The solar panel is located between the North Athletic Field and the Upper School. Science Department Chair Paul Price was instrumental in making Trinity Valley a part of TXU’s program. The solar panel is comprised of wafer-based, crystalline silicon cells. The power generated by the panel is given back to our school.
This system is an exciting addition to our math and science program. Data from the panel can be collected and accessed 24 hours per day via Web site. Students have an interactive experience while learning about energy from the sun. TVS students explore the science of energy, solar energy, and photovoltaics.
Earth Day: The entire school participates in Earth Day, when many windows are open and only boxed lunches are available for purchase in the cafeteria.
Recycling and Paper Usage: Each TVS student uses an average of 13 pages of paper each day! Here at Trinity Valley, we recycle white paper and cardboard. In the copy rooms, we have posted signs to promote conservation of paper, and we print on recycled paper. Most Styrofoam in the cafeteria is recyclable and ready for campus-wide recycling efforts. Some textbook recycling is in place. Our printers use soy-based ink, and we use digital printing whenever possible.
Plastic Bottles and Aluminum Cans: Members of the Recycling Club encourage fellow students and teachers to recycle paper in classrooms and locker areas. These students pick up two bags of plastic bottles at lunch, and a volunteer takes home the bag each day. Also, no aluminum-can products are sold in the cafeteria. We have implemented recycle bins in the cafeteria, breezeway, and three divisions which separate plastic, glass, and aluminum bottles and cans from our longstanding regular paper recycling.
TVS Campus Operations: According to the campus Operations staff, TVS is running at optimal power. HVAC is also running at optimal efficiency. We resell or recycle equipment if possible, rather than discarding it. Draft mode is now being used on all printers campus wide, to insure they use the least amount of energy possible. In our restrooms, automatic paper towel machines are set at optimal length to reduce waste. As our light bulbs expire, campus light bulbs are being replaced with more efficient LED bulbs. We are in the process of retrofitting our gym lights from high bay to fluorescent fixtures. This will allow for better lighting that utilizes less electricity. Five of our water fountains have been retrofitted with bottle-fill kits for students to refill water bottles.
TVS Grounds: While adding trees to our campus, all new and some of our old irrigation systems have been changed from a spray system to a drip system. We will continue to convert our existing spray systems in cost-efficient phases. Even our athletic facilities are going green. Our athletic fields are now being painted with "Designed for the Environment" paints approved by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency).
Vehicles & Transportation: Athletic teams and class transportation use the smallest-possible vehicles for games and field trips. We are also conducting a field trial with two of our buses that have been installed with AirnJect performance valves to reduce hydrocarbons, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, and carbon dioxide released into the environment. These valves also improve our MPG and frequency of oil changes. One of the buses is used for the Colleyville run. If our field trial results in the reduced pollution we desire, we will then install the AirnJect performance valves into our remaining campus vehicles.