Environmental Happenings at Brentfield!

Brentfield Elementary stands with the Texas PTA’s commitment to the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model. We strive to create a healthy and safe physical school environment that promotes learning. Our environmental responsibilities encompass the entire Brentfield campus, including the school building and its contents, the land on which the school is located, and the area surrounding it.

Brentfield Eco Cats

Brentfield’s student green team, the Eco Cats, is an after school club open to grades 3-6. Led by our sixth grade science teacher with assistance from a parent volunteer, the Eco Cats meet once a month to learn about and help organize a variety of environmental awareness projects around the Brentfield campus, including cafeteria recycling, America Recycles Day, Walk to School days, Earth Month and Zero Waste Lunch. Eco Cats also explore broader environmental issues around energy, water, wildlife and more. Applications for Eco Cats are available in the Fall of each school year.





Cafeteria Recycling

Brentfield Elementary is the first Richardson ISD campus to implement cafeteria recycling. We continue to modify our program with support from school and district staff, parent volunteers and Eco Cats members. Based on our accomplishments to date, we are the proud recipients of a grant from the Carton Council to help fund education and supplies for cafeteria recycling. Recycling guidelines are posted at the bottom of this page.



America Recycles Day

Brentfield Elementary is proud to participate in America Recycles Day. The next event will take place on November 15, 2017. On America Recycles Day, Bobcats from all grades sign a giant banner pledging their commitment to recycling and join people from all over the country to increase awareness and efforts around recycling.


Walk to School Days

Walk to School days combine the joy of getting outdoors with a chance to lighten our eco-footprints. Students can walk, ride bikes or other ride-ons, or carpool to reduce traffic and pollution. We celebrate Walk and Bike to School Day and National Walking Day with music and dancing outside both campuses.


Zero Waste Lunch

Did you know the average person generates 4.3 pounds of waste per day? At Brentfield we encourage students to bring waste-free lunches whenever possible.

Suggestions include:

  • Reusable lunchbox
  • Reusable food containers instead of pre-packaged or single-serving items
  • Reusable drink container and utensils
  • Cloth napkins instead of paper
  • Rinse out and re-use plastic baggies

For more information or to get involved in environmental activities at Brentfield, please contact Nina Minney at rundmstein@gmail.com or 415-990-2450. Visit the RISD Council of PTAs environmental webpage for additional resources.