Environmental Stewardship

St. Catherine's is committed to environmental sustainability initiatives. We are executing an aggressive environmental stewardship strategy to cut costs that lower the base cost of operations without impacting teaching and learning.

Community Garden

Our Community Garden, located at 5902 Grove Avenue, continues to grow into an interactive place for our girls to learn. Various classes use and school groups utilize the garden as part of their curriculum, as well as garden clean up days and donating harvested crops to local organizations in need. 

Solar Energy

St. Catherine’s first solar array was installed December of 2012 with subsequent additional arrays added in recent years. St. Catherine's is the largest recipient of Dominion Power’s solar rebate program incentive for reducing the electrical grid demand.

Compressed Natural Gas 

St. Catherine's has several Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses and continues to add more CNG buses to the fleet. Our on-campus CNG fueling station is one of only 25 CNG fueling stations across the Commonwealth of Virginia and the only one located at an educational institution in Virginia. For these efforts, the City of Richmond awarded St. Catherine's the 2016 Innovation Award in recognition of the advancement and promotion of clean energy. 

Impressive Results

  • More than $122,000 saved by installing 600 solar panels that generate 510.3 MWh of electricity
  • Solar panels offset more than 45,000 gallons of gasoline and have produced enough electricity to charge 21,293 electric cars or 95,544,435 smartphones.
  • Automated faucets on campus eliminate more than 300,000 gallons of water annually 
  • CNG bus fleet and on-campus filling station results in savings of more than $15,000 annually (and savings are expected to rise as more CNG buses are added)
  • LED lights are used throughout the campus and use about a quarter of the energy of fluorescent lights. 

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