An important part of the The Pennington School’s vision is that “Our students develop a sense of responsibility for themselves, for others, and for the world in which they live.” It permeates the work we do in our classrooms, on the field, and in the greater community. Given that the concept of sustainability is inherently central to this vision, we have been working to support and advance sustainable practices and thinking throughout the School. This work has been taking place, and is continuing to develop, in several different areas.
The Pennington School’s Sustainability Committee is a recently formed ad-hoc committee whose members include faculty, staff, and students. Our goals are to:
- Connect and advance existing efforts to implement sustainable practices on campus;
- Improve coordination and communication as they relate to sustainable efforts across all segments of our School, including the broader Pennington community;
- Create a culture of sustainable thinking that informs decision-making from the classroom to the dorm room to the boardroom.
Our work falls under five subcommittees:
Power, heating/cooling, fossil fuels, and renewable sources
Recycling program, paper and printing, electronics, dormitories, water usage
Food waste and compost, local food sourcing, School garden
Buildings and Grounds
Landscaping, ecological studies, Lowellden Pond, facilities maintenance, cars on campus
Middle School, Upper School, within specific classes and schoolwide
At Pennington, students are encouraged to turn their environmental interests into action. The Green Team is a student-led club whose members share an interest in the environment and the ambition to tackle various issues from the campus to the global scale. Most of their efforts are focused on minimizing the School’s environmental impacts and fostering a stronger environmental ethic within our community. Whether through their involvement with the Green Team, the Sustainability Committee, the Global Studies and Applied Science certificate programs, or a class project, we are supporting student efforts to make a difference at The Pennington School and beyond.
- Making our campus an “Idle-Free Zone” in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution, and lower human health impacts
- Implementing “Meatless Mondays” in the dining hall to minimize the various environmental impacts associated with the production of meat
- Building a stronger connection between the Green Team and Community Service club through work in the School garden
- Identifying spaces and developing plans for more “greenscaping” on campus
- Strengthening our recycling program via public education, recycling audits, and other improvements