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2024 Winner
U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School

for outstanding work in environmental sustainability

 

Highlights of our ongoing sustainability initiatives

Our students, faculty, and staff are committed to maintaining a green campus

 

 

Sustainability Mission Statement

We strive to shape engaged citizens who live with integrity, empathy, and purpose, in part by involving our community in the stewardship of the planet.

We foster in our students an appreciation of the world’s beauty and a sense of rich possibility along with a depth of knowledge about its complexities and challenges and a determination to make a positive difference in its care. In this time of increasing demands and stress upon Earth’s natural resources and ecosystems, the Day School recognizes environmental sustainability as a necessity and a core principle.  

We seek to equip students to meet these challenges through modeling best management practices within our physical plant; integration of environmental themes, content, and skill-building in an interdisciplinary curriculum; and stewardship opportunities in our day-to-day lives at school and in the broader communities of which we are a part.  


 

The Green Flag National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-Schools

This USA program has recognized St. Patrick’s for exceptional achievement for integrating sustainability into our curriculum and on school grounds. 

With more than 5,000 schools in all 50 states, the Eco-Schools USA program is based on student-driven teams dedicated to reducing waste and to conserving energy and water use. To receive the Green Flag award, St. Patrick’s students, faculty, and staff:

  • Formed an Eco-Action team
  • Audited all Eco-School USA pathways to sustainability
  • Developed, evaluated and monitor an Eco-Action plan
  • Linked the plan to the curriculum
  • Engaged and built community
  • Created an Eco-Code

 

Board Level Commitment & Strategic Planning

St. Patrick's worked with sustainability consultants GreenerU to collect data, create goals, and brainstorm future benchmarks.  In 2023, we became one of the only N-8 schools in the country to fill out the Sustainable Tracking and Rating System data.  Please visit our sustainability curriculum and planning website for more information! 

 

Science students love using the garden to understand where our food comes from and how our food grows!

- Director of Sustainability Sam Mason