PS 130 M. Sustainability Mission Statement:

P.S. 130 Hernando De Soto School has been working vigorously to promote public awareness of sustainability in our school community. We will continue to implement our recycling program with more color-coded bins in all the classrooms, hallways, offices, playrooms, and auditorium for recycling paper, cardboard, glass, metal, plastic and organic wastes. Our Green Team will bring more and more interested teachers, students and families into our monitoring and stewardship. All the members in our community -- school administrators, teachers, school staff, custodian staff, students and families, are committed to keeping our school a "zero-waste" school and everybody will be working together towards the DOE’s goals for energy and water conservation, waste management, ecology, and the integration of sustainability concepts into the curricula.
We will
-- provide professional development to teachers on sustainability
-- promote sustainability literacy and practices in our core curriculum
-- build up school green team with more interested teachers, students, and parents
-- encourage creative ways to reuse, reduce, and recycle wastes
-- set up evaluation tools to audit and improve energy conservation (water and electricity) in our school building
-- maintain our outdoor gardens and connect students with plants in our urban ecosystem.
-- create a safe, healthy, green environment for our community.

Prizes and Awards

School Gardening

May 7th, 2015 was the big day for P.S. 130 Manhattan. It was on that day that our school garden was born. Students, teachers, staff and administrators joined this great planting event and worked in collaboration to do the gardening. Although many of us had little knowledge and experience about gardening, we felt proud of our contribution. 

On a Tuesday 11/3/2015, our staff joined Daffodil Project, founded in 2001 as a living memorial to September 11. Mrs. Nicklas, our school sustainability coordinator, registered and joined this project. On the left are the photos taken in the middle of bulb planting. 

Daffodil Gardening Project

Spring 2015 Gardening

Bin Check Teams

Outstanding Recyclers

Bin Check

In order to promote recycling awareness and facilitate recycling behavior across grades, students from different classes volunteer to do Bin Check on a weekly basis. Classes that win five or even ten Bin Check in a row win certificates and prizes. 

Trex Plastic Film Recycling Challenge

Trex Plastic Film Recycling Challenge

P.S. 130 has been on another green step towards Zero Waste! Starting from November 2015 to April 22nd, the Earth Day of 2016, our school is competing in the Trex Plastic Film Recycling Challenge against hundreds of schools nationwide. The goal of this challenge is to recycle the most plastic film! Trex uses more than 1.5 billion plastic bags to make its outdoor living products each year, keeping this material out of landfills locally and across the country.  "We are having fun while learning about the importance of recycling!" says Mrs. Nicklas, P.S. 130's Sustainability Coordinator, who has been continuously contributing to school recycling program. 

Thanks to each and everyone involved in and contributing to this great event. Had it not been for your incredible support and contribution, we wouldn't have gone this far. Up to this day, we have collected hundreds of pounds of plastic films. And the number is still going up. 

Trex Plastic Film Recycling Challenge

Sustainability Initiative Newsletter by NYCDOE