El Camino Real Charter High School
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Sustainability at ECRCHS

The Capacity to Endure. Start the Change.

Beginning in the fall of 2013, ECRCHS formally embarked on a sustainability initiative. While sustainability has always implicitly been central to our mission – preparing students to succeed throughout their lives – this initiative enlarges the discussion to include what our role is in educating for a more sustainable future.

We began working to assess our culture as it relates to sustainability. Starting with a survey of faculty and staff to assess the enthusiasm for sustainability at ECRCHS, respondents demonstrated a high degree of excitement (8.6 average response on a scale of 1 to 10) , indicating they support the integration of sustainability into the school. While we continue to specifically define what sustainability means for ECRCHS, we embrace the traditional three-pronged approach: environmental conservation, economic benefit, and social equity.


Here are a few highlights of the projects we’ve undertaken thus far:

  • We joined the Department of Energy’s EV Everywhere Workplace Challenge. Check out our profile! Read more about our EV charging stations and our overall approach to transportation.
  • In an attempt to reduce our water consumption and use of fertilizer and pesticides we installed an artificial turf on the field where our soccer and football teams play.
  • In October of 2013, “Operation Woodchips” took place. With the help of the Humanitas program and the athletics department, woodchips were spread over planters to reduce erosion and water demands for the trees planted on the perimeter just a few years ago. Read more about this project — and its follow-up event — on our Landscape page.
  • As part of our commitment to promote good water management and reduce water usage in the midst of the drought, we will work with LAUSD to install low flow toilets in a number of bathrooms across campus. All of the urinals will be replaced by 0.8 gallon per flush models and a half dozen 1.1 gallon commodes will replace 3.5 gallon models currently in the facilities.
  • In 2013, we installed water fountains with faucets made to easily refill water bottles. All 300 students in the Humanitas program received reusable stainless steel water bottles to replace plastic ones.
  • In February, 2015, our librarian — Mr. Burstein — put together a cart of books dedicated to sustainability. In an effort to integrate sustainability, literacy, and Common Core State Standards, this resource will allow teachers to easily access sustainability focused nonfiction content.

Please check back often for more information on new projects and how our sustainability initiative is incorporated into the curriculum. Please feel free to reach out to us at sustainability(at)ecrchs.net with your thoughts on how we can make ECRCHS a more sustainable place. For frequent updates follow us on Twitter.

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