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Pathways to Green Schools

Delaware Pathways to Green Schools:

DESEU and the Delaware Valley Green Building Council have teamed up to reduce energy costs and foster the growth of sustainability initiatives in Delaware's Schools.

In this DESEU-funded program, nine schools - six public and three independent - were selected in 2014 to receive an IAC (University of Delaware Industrial Assessment Center) energy audit. The schools were provided guidance on using Energy Start Portfolio Manager as well as guidance on implementing two to four environmental and health education programs for students. A PDF of our 2014 program results can be downloaded by clicking HERE.

Mt. Pleasant Elementary School was the winner of the 2014 DE Pathways to Green Schools Program $10,000 grant. Throughout the course of the year, Mount Pleasant successfully implemented a green cleaning program, built a community garden, held a community recycling event, and so much more. In addition to going above and beyond for the DE Pathways Program, they were chosen as a 2015 National Green Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.

2015: Building on Success

For a second year, DVGBC has received funding from the DESEU to support the Delaware Pathways to Green Schools Program. Utilizing additional structure and resources from a new partnership with the National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-Schools USA, the Pathways program will continue to assist schools that are committed to becoming more sustainable and energy efficient by providing financial incentives and volunteer support from subject matter experts. Up to 12 schools - public, private, and charter - will be accepted to participate in this on-going program in early 2015. Schools currently enrolled in the program are encouraged to reapply.

ACCEPTED SCHOOLS:

  • Albert Einstein Academy, Wilmington
  • Brandywine High School, Wilmington
  • Douglass School, Wilmington
  • Forwood Elementary School, Wilmington
  • Kirk Middle School, Newark
  • Las Americas ASPIRA Academy, Newark
  • Linden Hill Elementary School, Wilmington
  • Mt. Pleasant Elementary School, Wilmington
  • St. Andrew's School, Middletown
  • West Park Place Elementary School, Newark
  • Wilmington Montessori, Wilmington
  • Warner Elementary School, Wilmington

Benefits to Paticipating Schools:

  • Stipends for student eco-action or green teams
  • Grant eligibility to support their work
  • Free energy audit performed by the University of Delaware's Industrial Assessment Center
  • Assistance with energy benchmarking in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager
  • One-on-one support with implementing student oriented sustainability initiatives
  • Preparation for applying to the U.S. Department of Education's Green Ribbon School program (optional)
  • Public recognition for your greening efforts

This program is part of DVGBC's larger Green Schools Campaign throughout the Delaware Valley, which aims to put every child in a green school within a generation. Robust participation across the region has allowed DVGBC and participating schools to take leading roles in this national movement.

For more information or to apply, visit:

http://dvgbc.org/greenschools/delaware-pathways-green-schools-program