Sustainability at Sayre

Sayre School is committed to environmental education.

All three divisions - Upper, Middle, and Lower Schools - participate in a variety of activities throughout the year and engage in several community partnerships, including Bluegrass GreenSourceKentucky National Energy Education Development (KyNEED)Glean KYSeedleafKentucky Green and Healthy Schools (KGHS)Kentucky Association for Environmental Education (KAEE)Bluegrass Youth Sustainability Council (BYSC)Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government (LFUCG), and University of Kentucky's Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER).  

Fifth graders on campus participate in a number of 'green jobs.'   This group uses cloth napkins at lunch and composts.  

Middle and Upper School students participate in clubs called 'Green Teams,' which help to coordinate a number of sustainability initiatives on campus.  Please see individual Green Team pages for more information.


  • Recycling bins are present throughout campus with recycling of batteries, and CDs/DVDs also available.
  • Compost bins are located outside both the Upper and Middle Schools.  The Buttery, our cafeteria, also composts food wastes accumulated during food preparation and provides a compost container at the tray drop off window for post-consumer food waste.  Food waste is picked up and processed through Seedleaf.
  • The Buttery has eliminated disposable trays for carry-out food, replacing them with reusable containers.
  • By providing water containers for refilling student water bottles, the use of disposable water bottles has also been reduced. Water bottle refill stations are available on campus as well, provided for by a partnership between BYSC and Kentucky American Water.
  • Bike racks on campus encourage sustainable methods of transportation.  
  • A vending miser was installed in the gym drink machine to reduce energy consumption.  
  • All divisions participate in an aluminum can recycling drive each year and send them to a local metal recycling facility.  Funds received from this effort support sustainability initiatives on campus.
  • Many environmental activities occur during the month of April, specifically during the week leading up to Earth Day.  In the past, these activities have included Zero Trash Day, Zero Food Waste Day, and black-out periods with limited energy use. 

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