Falmouth Academy is committed to environmental sustainability and to fostering global stewardship in our students.
At Falmouth Academy we have an extensive and comprehensive recycling program. Through the school-wide FARE program (FA Recycles for the Environment), collection bins in common areas and classrooms enable the school to recycle nearly 75% of its wastepaper, cardboard, metals, packing materials, food and beverage containers, and aluminum foil.
Composting efforts convert approximately 2,000 pounds of food waste from lunches and school events each year into fertilizer for our gardens and fields. No chemical fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides are used in grounds maintenance, and only environmentally friendly, non-chemical cleaning products are used inside our facilities.
To reduce energy consumption, motion sensors on light switches and energy-efficient lighting are used throughout the school. Double-insulated EnergyStar windows and programmable energy-management systems help regulate heating and cooling. 30% of the building has radiant floor heat and energy-recovery ventilators.
In 2007, the school erected a 10-kilowatt wind turbine - the first in Falmouth.
In 2010, a 333-panel, 77-kilowatt photovoltaic system was installed to produce one-third of the school’s energy needs from solar energy (view the installation).
In addition to participating in daily recycling efforts, students have opportunities for hands-on learning in our evolving outdoor classroom which includes:
a greenhouse, fruit trees, a vegetable garden, a pollinator garden, an apiary and a vernal pool. Students tend the gardens and the hives in our Farm and Garden and Beekeeping electives and conduct scientific observation and research in science classes.
Over the years, Falmouth Academy has earned numerous local and environmental awards and honors, including the Institutional Recycling Award from the Massachusetts Recycling Coalition, the Energy Superstar Award, many Friendly Lawn certificates, the Association to Preserve Cape Cod 4oth Anniversary Environmental Champion Award, and the 300 Committee’s Mel Miller Stewardship Award for diligent environmental leadership.