Sustainability

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Step inside of Visitation’s gates, and you may be surprised at the peace and calm you encounter. Although the city of Washington bustles right outside, our 23-acre campus teems with well-preserved green spaces and ancient, stately shade trees. For more than 200 years, these vibrant, verdant grounds have served as an inspiring backdrop for quiet contemplation, serious academic study, or simply marveling at God’s wondrous work.

We are deeply committed to preserving these bountiful gifts for future generations, just as those who came before did for us.

We are deeply committed to preserving these bountiful gifts for future generations, just as those who came before did for us. A key focus of our efforts is our trees, which number more than 250 and represent some 60 distinct species. These time-tested campus trademarks receive regular inspection and maintenance, and when trees do eventually die, we plant anew. Our Arbor Fund supports this vital care, and our Memorial Tree program also helps supplement our tree population.

Beyond trunks and roots, our Buildings & Grounds and Greening Committees closely monitor our school ecosystem as a whole and examine our environmental impact. They carefully review any construction projects to minimize damage to flora and fauna, and are currently studying a whole host of other facets of campus life, ranging from stormwater runoff to school lunches.

We also believe in cultivating the next generation of stewards.

We also believe in cultivating the next generation of stewards. Our campus, curriculum, and extra-curriculars all work together to reinforce principles of sustainability. Whether learning to respect all of God’s creations in religion class or testing our soil in AP Environmental Science, promoting campus recycling with the Green Habits Club or exploring our grounds on a cross-country warm-up, students develop an abiding appreciation for the natural world around us during their time here. 

Sustainability Groups & Programs

COMMUNITY-WIDE GROUPS & PROGRAMS
  • Buildings & Grounds Committee
  • Greening Committee
  • Arbor Fund
  • Comprehensive Tree Masterplan
  • Campus-Wide Recycling Program
  • Memorial Tree Program
  • On-Site Organic Gardens
STUDENT GROUPS & PROGRAMS
  • AP Environmental Science
  • Green Habits Club
  • Tree Plantings with Casey Trees
  • SSSAS Students for Sustainability Conference
Visitation has over 250 trees representing 60 distinct species. We work hard to keep this population viable and thriving.