Living on A Sustainable Campus at Kiski

Our beautiful 350-acre campus is one of the many advantages to living and studying at Kiski. Because students live on our rural campus they aren’t forced to breath in the toxic fumes from idling buses or passing traffic. We foster a healthy learning environment by encouraging sustainability and environmental awareness. Kiski’s Director of Sustainability, Mark Orsatti, has worked diligently over the past few years to make sure our campus recycles as much material as possible. Here are a few other ways Kiski maintains a sustainable campus:

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

The Kiski School recycles everything from plastic and aluminum to paper and cardboard. Students and faculty can find recycling containers all over campus including in dorms and the dining hall. As a school, Kiski uses more paper than most, which makes recycling essential. Even textbooks can be recycled! Because students buy their own textbooks, when they are done with the books they have one of two options, to sell their old books or dispose of them. Now teachers can encourage students to recycle their old books through Sequoia Recycling.

In addition to recycling, Kiski has also reduced usage of plastic water bottles. In the new Ross Athletic Center, students and teachers can refill their water bottles at one of the four water bottle filling stations. Since its inception in October 2015, the filling stations in the new facility have saved students and faculty from using nearly 8,000 plastic bottles.

Sustainable Gardening

At Kiski, students can also volunteer to work in the garden, which measures 28 x 50 feet. Every year the garden is tilled and planted with a variety of vegetables such as tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, squash, carrots, chives, peppers, collard greens, and more. Kiski also has a small greenhouse on campus where plants for the garden and the campus beautification program are started and tended until they’re ready for transplant. As the plants grow, staff from the dining hall can take what they need as they prepare meals for students and staff. The yellow and green squash grown in the garden have become a particular favorite among the students.

MacColl Hall

Part of our sustainability initiative includes MacColl Hall, Kiski’s most energy-conscious dormitory.  Our green dorm practices conservation and energy efficiency while also having educational benefits for the students. The building’s conservation features include native and ecological landscaping around the building. Much like Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water, MacColl Hall was created within its natural habitat, resting amid forests, meadows, and along the Kiskiminetas River. The interior of the dorm consists of Forest Stewardship Certified and locally sourced materials. Real-time energy software measures the use of electricity and water, greenhouse gas emissions, and graphs this data so we can study our hourly, daily, and even monthly use.

Through a combination of Energy Star appliances, low-flow aerators and showerheads, and high-efficiency CLF and LED lighting, the building performs 24% better than code requirements and energy standards. MacColl Hall’s energy monitoring software enhances technological literacy, as well as math and graphing skills, which has been a good way for students to engage in learning about energy-efficient features of a building.

If you want to check out Kiski’s gardens and recycling initiatives for yourself, feel free to schedule a visit!
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Established in 1888, The Kiski School is one of the oldest, independent, all-boys, college preparatory boarding schools in Pennsylvania and the United States.  Home to 200 boys, Kiski offers an academically rigorous curriculum that includes Advanced and Honors courses, 12 varsity sports, and a community that allows boys to thrive through project-based learning and self-discovery. Kiski's beautiful, 350-acre campus is located in Saltsburg, Pennsylvania, 30 miles east of Pittsburgh, PA.

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