Pathways to Green Schools - Success Stories

Pathways to Green Schools: Program Overview

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

Currently in its fourth year, the Energize Delaware Pathways to Green Schools program provides grants, one-on-one support, and expert resources to K-12 schools in Delaware that are committed to becoming healthier, more sustainable, and more energy efficient.

Participating schools work toward achieving certification and national recognition through Eco-Schools USA and the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools award.

Here are some of our success stories:

Mount Pleasant Elementary School

"The DE Pathways to Green Schools program provides an excellent framework for schools to initiate and realize their environmental goals. With this support, Mount Pleasant Elementary School was able to become a more environmentally responsible member of the community. As a result of our participation in this program, we were selected as one of Delaware's three Green Ribbon Schools this year. We would never have been able to do this without Energize Delaware's Pathways to Green Schools program." - Wendy Turner, 2nd Grade Teacher

Mount Pleasant Elementary receives grant

Wilmington Montessori School

"“The Pathways to Green Schools program has inspired the Wilmington Montessori School community to reach for higher goals related to green practices and awareness. Pathways to Green Schools has given our staff and students access to resources by way of high-quality professional development, a network of specialists and an abundance of good ideas. Through the Pathways program, Wilmington Montessori has also joined the Eco-Schools program, and we were honored as a 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School. These programs have allowed us to connect with schools in Delaware and the United States to learn what is possible. Most importantly, the students and staff are more engaged, more knowledgeable, and more committed to the school's environmental stewardship and sustainability.” - Laura Z. Orsic, Assistant Head of School

Wilmington Montessori Green Flag Award Ceremony

For more information and to ask questions, contact Katie Bartolotta at or 215-399-5789.