Green and Wellness
“Schools [can be] leaders in environmental sustainability, giving students the tools to be innovators, and giving them a healthy environment in which to learn and play. Green schools empower kids to make a difference, and teach them environmental and health values that will stay with them for life.”
– From ‘Why Green Schools?’
How We Do It
Our Conservation Methods
In 2011, PS 166 won 4th place and a $10,000 prize, and saved 23.25% and $2,400 on its electricity bill in just one month through simple energy conservation measures.
- Turning off unnecessary lights
- Raising shades and making use of natural sunlight
- Powering down and unplugging unused machines and appliances
PS 166 is officially a No-Idling Zone. Thanks to a strict new no-idling law passed by the City Council in January 2009, vehicles cannot leave their engines running in front of the school for more than one minute.
PS 166’s Green/Wellness Committee has been distributing green cleaners and microfiber cloths to every classroom since 2009. When purchasing back-to-school and other classroom supplies, we encourage parents to remember non-toxic brands like Seventh Generation and 100% recycled paper products.
Do Your Part
Fridays until 2:45 pm in bin in the lobby. Clothes, stuffed animals, towels, shoes and sheets accepted. Clothes in good condition are sold for reuse, if they are not wearable they are made into rags or pulp for industrial use.
For more information, visit: wearablecollections.com
Curbside Compost Collection
Tuesday mornings 8:00-8:30 am. Go to www.nyc.gov/organics for more information about what to bring.
Help in the cafeteria, helping kids sort their breakfast or lunch trash, or to help with curbside compost collection.
Sign up to volunteer in the cafeteria or to help with curbside compost collection.
PS166 Awards and Recognition
2013 - Golden Apple Award
“Team Up to Clean Up” Elementary Division, winning a $5,000 prize.
2013 - Green School Award
Special Recognition from on its 2012-13 DOE Progress Report
2013 - Greening the Apple
PS166 was featured on EPA blog Greening the Apple
2012 - Golden Apple Super Recyclers
2011 - Green Cup Challenge
2010 - Green Cup Challenge
Our Green Policy
Through our Green PTA Policy, we create a culture of environmental responsibility in our school and beyond. Parents, staff, and children are encouraged to:
- Evaluate the environmental impact of every activity
- Eliminate toxins
- Practice waste reduction and recycling
- Support healthy eating and physical activity
- Implement environmental education whenever possible
Download the PS 166 PTA Green Policy here.