Over the course of the next few years, St Benedict's must better cultivate environmental stewardship and activism thoughout our community to promote a socially just and ecologically-responsible world. We are educating a generation for whom long-term environmental awareness and sustainability will be of critical concern: they must be able to meet their needs without sacrificing the ability of future generations to do the same. There are environmental, economic, and social aspects to sustainability and these three aspects are interdependent. In the business world, this is known as the triple-bottom-line: people, profit, and the planet.
In order to best prepare our boys for the world which they will inhabit as responsible adults, St Benedict's must adopt an institutional commitment towards environmental sustainability and implement policies governing campus conservation; water and energy-use efficiency and recycling practices. As an educational institution, we hope to always be on a path toward sustainability, always learning and gaining a better understanding of how to create a positive future for the world.
Areas that currently demand a greater degree of commitment from St Benedict's, include but are not limited to:
- Green building principles
- Recycling and Zero-Waste initiatives
- Strategies for Achieving Carbon Neutrality and Greenhouse Gas Reduction
- Purchasing of recycled and environmentally-friendly products, and Energy Star rated equipment and appliances
- The installation of solar-heated geysers and low-flow fixtures.
In addition, the school undertakes to affiliate to The Eco-school Programme, an international programme of the Foundation of Environmental Education (FEE) active in 51 countries around the world. The programme is aimed at creating awareness and action around environmental sustainability in schools and their surrounding communities as well as supporting ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) in the national curriculum.