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Sustainability

The Upper School project prioritizes environmental sustainability – both the building itself and its operational features – a value that is consistent with the school’s history, ethos, and values. I am proud to report that the New Upper School Building will be the first “Salmon Safe” school, the first “Passive House” school in the West, and one of the first “Net Zero Energy” schools in the nation.

“A real-life environment where school is as thrilling as the world – and more understandable.”
- Helen Taylor Bush
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The Bush School’s Commitment to Sustainability October 2018

As a school community, we believe we have a moral and ethical obligation for the preservation and care of the natural, non-human world. We will use a lens of environmental sustainability as new buildings are designed and constructed, new programs are conceived, and as the school culture evolves.

We recognize that this is a process and that resources may limit our ability to fully implement every idea and best practice in this moment, but we will continue to strive for making our campus and planet a safer place for our students and the natural world.

One of our four educational foundations is “ethical judgement and action.” As a guide for the future, our work is based in three primary areas: People, Program and Place as defined in our strategic plan. The Bush School has fostered a strong sense of Place through its deep roots in the Seattle community, its commitment to place-based learning, and its outdoor education program. As we continue to grow our program, our campus, and our school, it is the right time to exercise “ethical judgement and action” regarding our relationship to the environment.

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The end of March brought another major milestone for the New Upper School Building – the basement level slab-on-grade was poured. The first half of April will focus on shoring

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Salmon Safe Progress:

Our commitment to Salmon Safe is an important part of the construction of the New Upper School Building. In following the guidelines for Salmon Safe, our general contractors Exxel Pacific

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March Update from Exxel Pacific

February was an exciting month for the New Upper School Building! Mother Nature threw us a few curve balls with snow and freezing temperatures one week and sunny skies the

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February Update from Exxel Pacific

January was a busy month as preparation for concrete began.  Mass excavation and sharing wrapped-up and was followed by structural excavation of perimeter wall footings.  February will mark the start

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