Honor indicates a commitment to sustainable management of school grounds, facilities, and curriculum
In March 2023, Solebury School was recognized by the National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-Schools USA program for exceptional achievement in educating for sustainability and improving the environmental footprint of the school grounds, facility, and curriculum. It is the 6th school in Pennsylvania to receive the silver-level award.
With more than 5,500 schools in all 50 states, the Eco-Schools USA program is based on the commitment and work of student-driven teams dedicated to reducing waste and consumption, climate resiliency, and environmental justice using audits, action plans, and other educational resources.
"National Wildlife Federation and Eco-Schools USA are proud of the example set by Solebury in Pennsylvania,” said Elizabeth Soper, Senior Director of K-12 Education Programs. “This award demonstrates not only a commitment to sustainability and environmental literacy for students and faculty, but also recognition by the school community that environment-based education supports and provides an effective approach to student learning and leadership.”
To receive the silver award, Solebury students and faculty tackled sustainability initiatives through the student-led Solebury Environmental Action Club (SEAC) and Green Team. Students and faculty planted a rain garden, restored the riparian buffer, implemented a meatless day, and created a composting program in the Dining Hall. These initiatives were designed to raise environmental awareness, connect students to the natural world, improve the school’s environmental footprint, and increase student engagement while saving mo