Green and Wellness

The Green Committee Welcomes You Back

A big welcome to all of the families joining PS166, and welcome back to all of our returning families!

Zero Waste + Eco-School

As many of you already know, PS166 is certified as both a Zero Waste School and an Eco-School. Those designations are supported by an active Green Committee of parents working on issues of environmental action and education, nutrition and wellness, and gardening.  Our mission -- despite the difficulties this year presents -- is to create a culture of sustainability, healthy living, and environmental responsibility in our school and the greater community. We remain committed to the importance of hands-on educational opportunities to teach children about nutrition, ecology, and environmental awareness through gardening efforts, educational activities, and community events.

PS166 Gardens

PS166 has two gardens -- the KinderGarden and the Reading Garden. We look forward to regaining access to those gardens, and making them suitable for potential outdoor instruction. 

Composting + Recycling

With the longtime support of the administration and the PTA, we spent years working with teachers to help make composting and recycling consistent throughout the school day, and throughout the school building. We hope to modify those efforts to the new reality. We will continue to work with students, teachers, and parents to ensure that waste is reduced wherever possible, and then properly separated into recycling, compost, and garbage. We will also try to help the school minimize the use of single-use plastics.

Other Efforts

Other efforts throughout the year include participation in New York Cares’ annual Coat Drive; an annual Family Fun Fitness Night in the spring, offering PS166 families free fitness classes and healthy food; and Earth Day activities.

We would love to do even more in the future, with your help! If you have any interest in any of these areas, please join us!


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.


Questions or want to get involved in green and wellness? Contact the Green Committee

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