Campbell Hall’s Sustainability Program is committed to instilling a culture that inspires and nurtures environmental sustainability and service-learning opportunities for the benefit of our school and the surrounding community. Our vision is to be a model green school that, through community partnerships, helps create a greener and more sustainable future for us all.


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  • Head of School's Blog: Becoming the Change Makers

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  • Principles of Good Practice - Environmental Sustainability

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  • California Resource Recovery Association Conference

    Members of our Facilities team attended the 2023 California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA) Conference where they learned about the latest efforts towards recycling and sustainable materials management in California and beyond. Campbell Hall’s commitment and focus on sustainability is a strategic priority.
  • Caterpillars, Chrysalises, and Butterflies - Oh My!

    The Alumni Courtyard is aflutter! Campbell Hall’s Operations team planted milkweed in the Alumni Courtyard to serve as a waystation for monarch butterflies which, as caterpillars, feed exclusively on the leaves.
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  • Students' Fieldwork Helps the Environment

    Students in AP Environmental Science complete diversity survey and water quality assessment work for the Santa Monica Mountains Resource Conservation District
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  • Green Teams Unite

    The high school club, with their faculty teachers Monica Ley & Allison Shrage, spent time mentoring 3rd & 4th grade students by showing them how to tend their garden.
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  • Growing Young Innovators

    Every spring, elementary school principal Robin Frank works with kindergarten students in the garden. Each kindergartener plants seedlings and, as a culmination of their science unit, the students make a delicious salad together.
  • Sustainability in Theory and Practice

    Campbell Hall's Director of Facilities and Sustainability Mike Panman gave a presentation to CHAI Environmental Science classes on the school's newly installed eGauge system which monitors energy consumption.
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  • Reduced Waste Wednesdays (and every day!)

    In an effort to reduce our ecological footprint as a community, Campbell Hall Elementary School promotes and encourages packing reduced waste lunches.

Sustainability Projects Update

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  • 2019-2022

    • Collaborating with the LADWP sustainability team to reduce energy usage together over time (aiming for 100% carbon free energy production by 2050)
    • Development of comprehensive sustainability plan to serve as a road map for shrinking school’s carbon burden over the next ten to fifteen years (with many of the initiatives specified in the plan already underway)
    • A significant fraction of our waste stream to be turned into compost off-site with green bins on campus to collect any organic material
    • Installation of monarch butterfly garden in the HS Quad
    • Lettuce Tower (vertical hydroponic gardens) integration with CHAI Environmental Science Honors students and high school club Urban Stewards to produce 50+ pounds of organic produce every two months that are donated to poverty relief nonprofit organization MEND (Meet Each Need with Dignity)
    • Purchase and installation of two eGauges on Garver Gym and AEC buildings in order to carefully track energy usage and explore modifications to power consumption (with the goal of reducing our purchased electricity)
    • Two additional eGauges forthcoming to serve as valuable tool for both the CHAI Environmental Science Honors curriculum and collaborative projects with Oakwood School
    • Curricular planning (Intro to 3D Design) to incorporate additional native plantings on campus to serve as host plants for native butterflies, insects, and birds
  • 2018-2019

    • Working with Waste Management to improve on-campus recycling program
    • Complete LED lighting in offices and exterior areas (replacement in AEC requires new lighting fixtures)
    • Ongoing thermostat upgrades to digital, programmable on energy efficiency software (PREPPS program for rebates)
    • LED bulb replacement for lighting posts in outdoor parking areas
    • Revitalize and centralize campus green team. Start with administrative and faculty focus group to set goals and incorporate sustainability into curriculum and then enlist support from parents and students
    • Replace landscaping in middle school planters with California native, drought resistant plants
    • Awareness campaign to identify charging outlet locations for electric vehicles in the AEC parking structure
    • Use of sustainable materials in classroom renovations
  • 2017-2018

    • Awareness campaign on all campus paper towel dispensers – stickers noting “we come from trees”
    • LED Lighting in Theater
    • Reduced number of unnecessary GHG emitters (mini fridges, space heaters) as rooms are renovated (6 elementary classrooms in Summer 2017)
    • Replacing use of plastic coffee stirrers with wooden stirrers
    • Sustainable garden and landscaping replacement in areas near kindergarten classroom and in elementary quads
    • Utilized cuttings from succulents in the Arts and Education Center to replant succulent garden at the Gate 2 main entrance
  • 2016-2017

    • LED lighting in Garver Gym
    • Working with students on “Campbell Hall Cares” recycling awareness campaign
    • Increased advertising for school bus program (visits to parent coffees, PSA video creation in the works, etc.)
    • All Faculty/Staff Kitchens have re-usable mugs, plates, silverware to reduce waste (Elementary, MS, AEC, HS, ACAL 3rd Floor)
    • Purchased re-usable, wipe-able Oilcloth table cloths to be integrated into post-concert and event receptions (saves on dry-cleaning and laundry services). Already utilized by Performing Arts Department
    • Crested and distributed “Green Snack” suggestions to reduce waste in all Elementary parties and events (no paper goods or more “finger foods” to reduce waste)
    • Yearbook has agreed to do a survey of faculty/staff to limit the multiple copies of yearbooks going to the same households (ideally this will reduce the number total the school purchases/prints)
  • 2015-2016

    • Sustainability website created with “suggestion box” and news items
    • Natural Capitalism Solutions audit completed and suggestions underway
    • All restrooms currently have waterless urinals and low flow toilets
    • Eliminated Styrofoam use from the CH Café and eliminated plastic water bottles from elementary Fresh Lunches
    • All water fountains on campus have refrigeration and water bottle spigots to encourage use
    • Battery collection and recycling
    • All coffee on campus fair-trade
    • Removed individual printers around campus
    • Lower Gym replaced with all LED lighting 
    • Campbell Hall magazine “The Good” printed on all FSC recycled paper
    • Secondary planner printed on FSC recycled paper for the first time, PDF also available
    • Irrigation systems changed to drip systems in High School, ACAL, Grove and Elementary North buildings
    • Drought-resistant, California native plants replacing old gardens (HS Quad, the Grove, and Elementary eating area done this summer)
    • Campus-wide LED lighting replacement of fluorescent bulbs (all classrooms and teaching spaces completed, most offices complete)
    • All recycling bins labeled with photographic, standardized labels
  • Long-Term Goals

    • Replace all landscaping with California native, drought resistant plants
    • Water-usage monitoring software and tracking devices
    • Campus-wide digital, programmable, thermostats on energy efficiency software that interlocks the HVAC with the classroom door open/closed status
    • Install PV solar power to offset all campus energy emissions
    • Install occupancy controls in classrooms for all lighting
    • Remove unnecessary GHG emitters campus-wide (mini fridges, space heaters, etc.)
    • Target plastic water bottle use on campus
    • Water harvesting and grey water use on campus
    • Developing purchasing and procurement guidelines
    • Carpooling and bus incentives to reduce driving to campus
    • Replacement of Arts and Education Center lighting control system to provide opportunity to utilize LED lighting
    • Campus Facilities Audit to better understand and anticipate planned and preventative maintenance to building utilities systems
    • Concrete / Asphalt replacement with grass crete

We want to hear from you!

Please email with
  • Your sustainability success stories (and photos)
  • Your personal journey to zero waste
  • Suggestions and ideas!
CH Sustainability + Service Learning Council (SSLC)
Lindsay Allen-Blum, Small Initiatives Project Manager
Cesar Cespedes, Operations Liaison
Karl Frank, Sustainability Coordinator
Robin Frank, Elementary School Liaison
Monica Ley, High School Evergreens Advisor
Mike Panman, Director of Facilities and Sustainability
Courtney Peterson, Foundation Grant Support
Jonny Rodgers, High School Evergreens Advisor, Student Liaison
Allison Shrage, High School Evergreens Advisor
Dani Staahl, Elementary School Liaison

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