Sustainability

Falmouth Academy is committed to environmental sustainability.

Through the school-wide FARE program (FA Recycles for the Environment), collection bins in common areas and classrooms enable the school to recycle nearly 75 percent of its wastepaper, cardboard, metals, packing materials, food and beverage containers, and aluminum foil. 

Composting efforts convert approximately 2,000 pounds of food waste  from lunches and school events each year into fertilizer for our gardens and fields. No chemical fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides are used in grounds maintenance, and only environmentally friendly, non-chemical cleaning products are used inside our facilities.

To reduce energy consumption, motion sensors on light switches and energy-efficient lighting are used throughout the school. Double-insulated EnergyStar windows and programmable energy-management systems help regulate heating and cooling. Thirty percent of the building has radiant floor heat and energy-recovery ventilators .

In 2007, the school erected a 10-kilowatt wind turbine. In 2010, a 333-panel, 77-kilowatt photovoltaic system was installed to produce one-third of the school’s energy needs.

Over the years, Falmouth Academy has earned numerous local and environmental awards and honors, including the Institutional Recycling Award from the Massachusetts Recycling Coalition, the Energy Superstar Award, many Friendly Lawn certificates, the Association to Preserve Cape Cod 40th Anniversary Environmental Champion Award, and the 300 Committee’s Mel Miller Stewardship Award for diligent environmental leadership.

Wind Turbine Production

Month Avg. Wind Speed Energy Production
December 2015 4.4 m/s 409 kWh
January 2016 5 m/s 564 kWh
February 2016 5.3 m/s

507 kWh

March 2016 4.9 m/s 485 kWh
April 2016 4.5 m/s 434 kWh
May 2016 4.0 m/s 289 kWh