This spring marks an Earth Day milestone for KLSD

 Spring means starting seeds and planting an edible garden at each of KLSD's elementary schools. This year, when children put in their school garden, they are using compost from the facility where KLSD sends food scraps and other cafeteria waste.

Students are seeing how nature recycles in a more personal way because the dark and crumbly soil amendment they are putting on their school's garden was once their leftover sandwiches and apple cores. 

All three KLSD elementary schools have been taking their food scraps out of the waste stream since the 2012-2013 school year.

elementary school earth month highlights

Spring in the KES Greenhouse

KLSD Commitment to Sustainability

 KLSD is committed to sustainability. The Board of Education appointed Sustainability Committee has helped KLSD reduced paper use by about 40%, and reduce its greenhouse gas by 24%. It also worked with the transportation department to pass an anti-idling law for buses and cars, and upgrade district buses to clean diesel. The district now fertilizes fields with a compost tea rather than chemicals and has replaced many water fountains with water bottle filling stations. The district-wide composting program has received Green Awards from the Town of Bedford, an Earth Day Recognition Award from Westchester County, and two grants from the New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse & Recycling.