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Packer's Sustainability Timeline


  • A group of teachers and parents formed to develop a sustainability strategic plan for Packer. Fundamental to the work was the creation of a mission statement. The following statement was crafted to guide our future efforts.

At The Packer Collegiate Institute we educate the community to treat the environment with respect, to develop an awareness of each person's role in caring for the planet, and to take responsibility for the future of our world.  We are committed to: 

Conserving natural resources
Promoting environmental literacy
Engaging the community in action

  • Packer’s design for refurbishing the Lower School spaces follows the tenets of “high performance design,” which emphasizes optimum performance at minimum cost. It is a method of rating based on energy usage and efficiency.


  • A walk-through energy assessment of The Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn, New York was conducted in accordance with the NYSERDA FlexTech Benchmarking Program. Several minor energy efficiency measures (weather stripping) were suggested and subsequently implemented by the Packer Maintenance Department.


  • Energy Star Awarded: Packer achieves an EPA Energy Star award based on its energy efficiency. Energy-Star certified buildings typically use 35 percent less energy than average buildings.
  • Packer updates its recycling policy to be in compliance with the New York City Department of Sanitation requirement to include recycling rigid plastics.


  • Upper and Middle School environmental clubs participate in the Green Cup Challenge.
  • Packer no longer sells bottled water on campus.
  • Three-container recycling stations (paper, trash, cans/bottles) are purchased and placed at strategic locations throughout the building and a coordinated effort to educate about recycling is begun throughout the school.
  • The Pelican Protocol is redesigned as an umbrella organization of individuals and groups that meets three times a year to exchange ideas and strategies that promote the growth and knowledge of sustainable environmental practices at Packer.
  • The kitchen initiates “energy-reduction days,” during which they use no ovens, heat lamps, or hot tables.
  • The PA Green Committee coordinates a drive to recycle sneakers.


  • Two boilers in Founder’s Hall, the main building, are replaced with energy-efficient, modern models.
  • Packer creates the half-time position of Coordinator of Sustainability to act as a liaison between students, faculty, administration, and families to focus the school’s efforts to educate our students about sustainability.
  • Packer ceases supplying bottled water at faculty meetings and school events.
  • The PA Green Committee initiates recycling drives for batteries, cell phones, and household electronics.


  • Packer joins the Green Schools Alliance, a group of K-12 public and independent schools united to take action on climate change and the environment.
  • Occupancy light sensors are installed on all newly-renovated classrooms and offices.
  • Two high-efficiency, natural-gas boilers are installed in Pratt Hall to replace an inefficient heat exchanger.
  • The Parent Association establishes the Green Committee to collaborate with Packer staff to heighten awareness and inspire action to further the school’s environmental efforts and build a sustainable future.


  • The National Wildlife Federation officially certifies the Garden as a “Wildlife Habitat,” signifying that it maintains a source of water, a source of food, places to raise young, and places to seek cover.


  • Packer introduces Green Seal-approved cleaning supplies and paper products (paper towels, toilet paper, and tissues).
  • The kitchen switches from plastic cutlery to corn-based “green” plates and cutlery, which are biodegradable and require less energy to produce.


  • A Building Management System (BMS) allows for central control of HVAC and lighting throughout the main building and the Garden House, automatically shutting components down when not in use.
  • The school begins installing sensors on lavatory faucets and towel dispensers to reduce paper and water consumption.


  • Packer begins replacing inefficient incandescent light bulbs with energy-saving fluorescents.
  • All florescent light bulbs, paints, batteries, computer components, etc. are disposed of at special facilities; i.e., none of these items is just thrown in the trash.

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