Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What does it mean to be Conservation@School-certified?
A: Conservaiton@School is a distinguished regional certification which recognizes public and private schools (preK-university) that have met the high standards outlined on BACT’s Conservation@School checklist.
Q: How do we get certified?
A: You can start by downloading the Conservation@School checklist and seeing what you need to do, then contacting our Conservation@School coordinator Susan Lenz at email@example.com or by calling (847) 387-3149 for information and support.
Q: What other services does BACT provide?
A: BACT provides educational programs and site visits to support student learning and encourage faculty involvement in sustainable practices.
Q: What is the cost for Conservation@School?
A: For certified schools who would like to purchase a sign to inspire others, a donation is appreciated to cover the cost of the sign and donations are always appreciated for programs.
Q: Can Conservation@School help our landscaping crew reduce the amount of water and chemicals needed to maintain a school landscape?
A: Yes. Native plants are adapted to our unique soils and climate enabling most of them to survive drought, flood, and fire.
Q: Do students need to develop a conservation ethic for our school to become Conservation@School-certified?
A: Yes. BACT provides educational programs to impart conservation ethics which help students learn how to reduce waste by recycling, turning off lights, composting, or maintaining gardens.
Q: Can Conservation@School provide organic alternatives to chemical pesticides and herbicides?
A: Yes. The Conservation@School program provides information to those seeking non-chemical controls for weeds and pests. In some cases, limited chemical application may be recommended for eliminating invasive species.