Understanding the complexity of a sustainable Earth and how each individual on this planet contributes towards this goal is the vision of our sustainability curriculum. 

Sustainability and 21st Century Citizenship

A 21st Century Citizen is intimately linked to service to others and this planet, diversity and understanding how individual decisions impact all peoples and living organisms, and the complexities of a growing global community of diverse cultures and economies. 

Students and Sustainability

We believe in empowering the next generation to become creative problem-solvers, seeking solutions and meeting our environmental challenges. Our students explore how personal choices affect local and global environments and how individual choices, voices and actions directly affect biodiversity, natural resource degradation, global economies and social justice. 
In partnership with our Global Education curriculum, Bishop's students can participate in spring break trips to biodiverse areas. Past trips have included the Galapagos Islands/Ecuadorian Amazon basin trip to experience the vast complexities of diverse flora, fauna and indigenous cultures; Fiji and its diverse marine and island ecosystems; and Bali, Indonesia to experience the unique island diversity, and learn first hand the impact humans have on a fragile island ecosystem. Students who traveled to Bali planted mangrove trees to offset their carbon footprint, collected trash on a satellite island marine and wildlife sanctuary and experienced Hindu culture while reflecting about the repercussions of 21st century habits and overpopulation on a small island.

Students can also join and/or form environmentally conscious clubs. The Green Campus Initiative – a student-run group – educates our community about environmental responsibility through campus activities and informative programs. Meanwhile, middle school students in Gardening Club tend a garden outside Teitelman Science Center.

Sustainability on Campus

Solar paneling is installed on several buildings to take advantage of the Southern California sun to provide renewable energy. LED lighting is installed in many campus buildings, including Taylor Performing Arts Center, to improve efficiency. Electric vehicle charging stations are also available in the parking garage. 
Bishop’s continues in earnest to reduce water consumption, use little gas and reduce waste. The School has a robust recycling program, collecting e-waste, batteries, markers and highlighters, paint and furniture. Additionally, a student-led composting initiative aims to reduce as much food waste as possible from our kitchen.
“What’s the use of a house if you don’t have a decent planet to put it on?" – Henry David Thoreau
THE BISHOP’S SCHOOL     7607 La Jolla Boulevard     La Jolla, CA 92037     (858) 459-4021
The Bishop’s School is an independent, coeducational college-preparatory day school for students in grades six through twelve who live throughout San Diego County. Founded in 1909, the School is affiliated with the Episcopal church.