Sustainability

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  • Area Environmental Groups Fundraise to Install Solar Panels on New Trier Class of 2018 Habitat for Humanity House
    Each year, the New Trier Senior Class builds a Habitat for Humanity House for an area family.  This year will mark the 18th year of the program and the first year that the house will feature solar panels, the first for a Habitat home in Illinois.  The panels will provide reduced-cost electricity for the homeowner for the 30+ year life of the panels. The project will include approximately 14 panels resulting in a 4.2kW array. This will provide half to three-quarters of the energy needs for an average home this size.
     
    Annually, the New Trier senior class raises approximately $100,000 through fundraisers to build a home with for a low-income Habitat Partner Family.  Funding for the solar panels, installation and maintenance will be raised by Go Green Wilmette in collaboration with Go Green Winnetka, Go Green Northfield and Go Green Glencoe. The cost of the system is estimated at $20,000. To donate to this separate fundraising effort, click here .
  • New Trier Environmental Club encourages sustainability with free Nalgene giveaway
    In an effort to eliminate plastic water bottle waste, New Trier High School's Environmental Club is distributing 4,900 free, reusable Nalgene water bottles to all students and staff.
  • Winnetka Campus becomes more energy efficient through new construction
    New Trier High School's Winnetka Campus is becoming more energy efficient by taking several recent measures.
  • New Trier kitchens compost nearly 15 gallons of daily food waste
    New Trier High School's cafeteria kitchens at the Winnetka and Northfield campuses collect food waste and coffee grounds each day. After collection, the scraps are put in a composting bin daily. It is estimated the kitchens collect 4-5 bins at each location a day (3 gallon bins each). 
  • New Trier Green Guidelines for Events
    In the spring of 2015, a group of parents from New Trier feeder schools in Kenilworth, Wilmette, and Winnetka joined together with Superintendent Linda Yonke, CFO/COO Cheryl Witham, the Winnetka and Northfield Campus Principals, Operations Directors, and Facilities Managers, and faculty to create a district-level District 203 Sustainability Committee with the aim of making New Trier more "green."
  • Energy Conservation Measures at the Northfield Campus
    In 2013, New Trier worked with Smart Energy Design Assistance Center (SEDAC) to complete a Level 3 Energy Assessment & Feasibility Report. Staff used this as a blue print to help formulate the Energy Conservation Reduction Measure plan.