Greenwich Academy honored by U.S. Department of Education

Sixth grade students Gabby Mullen, Grace von Oiste and Hazel Schaus work in one of GA’s organic gardens.

Sixth grade students Gabby Mullen, Grace von Oiste and Hazel Schaus work in one of GA’s organic gardens.

Greenwich Academy has been named a Green Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.

This recognition honors schools that are exemplary in reducing environmental impact and costs, improving the health and wellness of students and staff and providing effective environmental and sustainability education.

“We are honored to be the only independent school in the State of Connecticut to be recognized as a Green Ribbon School,” said Head of School Molly King in a press release.

“As a community we are committed to practicing responsible environmental stewardship, and as educators we believe it is our duty to help our students understand their relationship with the environment and prepare them to be informed stewards of sustainability.”

GA’s many green initiatives impact all facets of the school’s environmental practices. Highlights of this nationally recognized program include: LEED Silver Certification of the Middle School; a 25-member Green Team; student-led recycling efforts; a hands-on organic gardening program.

“Through our many green initiatives, we’ve shown that these practices can reduce costs while also improving the well-being of our community and our environment,” said Facilities Director Scott Thacker

Currently, the school is in the process of implementing a waste stream tracking system to further reduce overall waste and increase recycling and has plans to evaluate and install new and more efficient lighting technology over the summer.

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