Sustainability

Greenwich Academy is committed to practicing responsible environmental stewardship. Principles of sustainability are included in the school’s curriculum to help students understand their relationship with the environment and prepare them to be informed stewards of sustainability. Each division has a student organization committed to help promote sustainable practices and encourage members of our community to join this effort. By implementing various strategies, Greenwich Academy has reduced its energy consumption by more than 25 percent in the last 5 years. With Sodexo as its partner, the Academy has implemented many improvements in its operating procedures that have resulted in reducing its overall impact. From installing solar panels to encouraging reusable water bottles, Greenwich Academy is committed to practicing responsible environmental stewardship and sustainability through the following initiatives:

GREEN BUILDING (MIDDLE SCHOOL)

In August 2009, the newly renovated Middle School was awarded LEED Silver rating. The LEED Green Building Rating System is the national benchmark for the design, construction and operations of high-performance green buildings.

Key features of the building include:
  • Photovoltaics (solar panels)
  • Dual flush toilets
  • Low VOC paints and adhesives
  • Building materials with recycled content
  • Daylight harvesting (reducing lighting levels automatically when sunlight enters through windows)
  • Building automation controls for heating and cooling equipment
  • High-efficiency heating and cooling equipment

SOLAR POWER GENERATION

Through solar power generation, Greenwich Academy has been able to:
  • Avoid generating the gases that 18 cars emit over one year
  • Generate enough power to operate 8 homes for one year

Click here to see real time solar generation at GA.

GREEN CLEANING

Greenwich Academy has partnered with Sodexo to provide green cleaning services in all our buildings. These practices provide a safer environment for everyone and reduce the environmental impact.

Our green cleaning program includes: 
  • Environmentally safe cleaning products
  • Green equipment
  • Green cleaning procedures that reduce chemical usage and overspray
  • Paper and plastic products with recycled content

RECYCLING

GA’s recycling program begins with an emphasis on reducing waste followed by reusing resources. For example, students are encouraged to bring reusable water bottles rather than bottled water.

The following items are diverted from the waste stream and sent to the Town of Greenwich recycling facilities with its new single-stream program:
  • All boxes
  • Mixed paper
  • Plastics #1 thru #7
  • Scrap Metal
  • Glass

ENERGY MANAGEMENT

GA’s buildings are equipped with building automation controls that allow for centralized control and scheduling of mechanical equipment. The systems are programmed to automatically reduce usage during evenings and weekends and other times when buildings are unoccupied. This results in significant savings, especially during holiday breaks.

DEMAND RESPONSE

GA has partnered with EnerNoc to help relieve the New England electric grid when the grid is stressed and unstable, usually during extremely hot weather. When EnerNoc calls for relief, Greenwich Academy assists by reducing our overall electric usage and by transferring some of our electric usage to the backup power generator at the Upper School. This helps protect the environment by reducing the number of times that the power company to provide back-up power plants online.

PROTECTING WETLANDS AND WILDLIFE

Greenwich Academy is privileged to have multiple conservation areas on its campus. This provides ample teaching opportunities. Many classrooms overlook wetlands, and students can observe wildlife and enjoy the moments of peaceful reflection that such an environment provides. These areas are protected according to wetland management regulations. The Greenwich Academy community is committed to preserve this area for the future.

GREEN ROOF

Continuing to reduce energy use, GA has implemented a green roof. A green roof is a naturally landscaped roof, providing a home for small animals and insects. The materials on the roof also help reduce the “urban heat island effect,” which helps keep the building cool, thereby decreasing the amount of air conditioning required.

GROUNDS

GA’s integrated pest management plan includes organic turf care and a pesticide-free campus.

CONSTRUCTION

Sustainability and efficiency have been a large part of the construction and renovation of the school campus. Greenwich Academy is committed to buildings that meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Silver standard or equivalent.

LIGHTING

Using motion sensor lights around campus has decreased the Academy’s energy costs. Through efficient design, natural sunlight has been provided a natural resource for light throughout the school. State-of-the-art light fixtures that feature reflective lighting and daylight harvesting have been installed in the Upper and Middle Schools.
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