Currently in its sixth year, the 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.
Benefits to participating schools include: networking with like-minded educators, opportunities to attend roundtables and workshops, free building energy assessments (for qualifying schools), access to the EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to help with energy benchmarking, eligibility to apply for an annual mini-grant program, and access to support while implementing sustainability initiatives.
The Delaware Pathways to Green Schools Program will award $15,000 in mini grants to participating K-12 schools to fund energy- and climate-related projects. The mini grant funding is provided by the Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility.
Applications are now being accepted for sustainability projects. Project proposals must have a focus on energy and/or climate change; more than 50% of the funding requested must address these focus areas. The maximum amount that can be requested is $3000. The committee will, in some instances, grant partial award amounts, so it is suggested that applicants indicate which items are priorities within their proposals and/or budgets.
Please contact LeAnne Harvey with any questions or to discuss project ideas.
Schools in bold are participating in the 2019-2020 School Year
Academia Charter School | Albert Einstein Academy | Appoquinimink High School | Brandywine High School | Brandywine Springs Elementary School | Christ the Teacher Catholic School | Christiana High School | Cooke Elementary | Delcastle Technical High School | Delmar Middle and High School | Douglass by Providence | Eastside Charter School | First State Montessori Academy | Forwood Elementary School | Hanby Elementary | Kirk Middle School | Lancashire Elementary | Las Americas ASPIRA Academy | Linden Hill Elementary School | Milford High School |
Mt. Pleasant Elementary School | Mt. Pleasant High School | Newark Center for Creative Learning | Odyssey Charter School | Postlethwait Middle School | Sanford School | Seaford Central Elementary School | Serviam Academy | Shue-Medill Middle School | Smyrna High School | Springer Middle School | St. Andrew’s School | St. Anne's School | Sussex Academy | Sussex Tech High School | Talley Middle School | Tarbiyah School | The Independence School | The Jefferson School | The Tatnall School | Ursuline Academy | Warner Elementary School | West Park Place Elementary School | Wilmington Montessori School
The Delaware Pathways to Green Schools Program 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.
Laurie Orsic, Wilmington Montessori School
Christ the Teacher Catholic School has been very impressed with the Delaware Pathways to Green Schools program.... I look forward to implementing energy-efficient changes that the DE Pathways program has helped identify that will benefit our school and the environment. The communication and opportunities to participate in learning sessions have been top-notch, and I recommend the Delaware Pathways to Green Schools Program to any school committed to environmental awareness and improvement.
Colleen Naccarato, Christ the Teacher
It is extremely useful for administration to understand their building, to be able to plan, and also to use for grant opportunities and it was great for the students to get the hands on experience and real data to use.
Jennifer Jones, Academia Antonia Alonso Charter School
The energy audit was an awesome way to kickstart our Green Team efforts.
Melissa Tracy, Odyssey Charter School
The Delaware Pathways to Green Schools Program awarded $10,000 in mini grants to ten area K-12 schools to fund energy- and climate-related projects. The mini grant funding is provided by the Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility.
When executed, all projects will have a positive impact on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and will help to cultivate a generation of good stewards of the environment on K-12 school campuses throughout the state.
Learning models were generously donated to Green Building United from The Franklin Institute.
These models help engage Delawareans young and old in climate change issues. Activities can be done in virtually any setting, and the time can be adjusted to meet the specific needs of users.
With scientists predicting increased heavy downpours due to climate change, one might ask, what does this really look like, and what can be done about it? In this activity, participants simulate heavy downpours on a model block to see how traditional methods of dealing with heavy rain may no longer be sufficient to protect against flooding, polluted drinking water, harm to wildlife, etc. Participants are then given the opportunity to add “green infrastructure” (trees, rain barrels, vegetation, etc.) to their blocks, and see how these new elements perform in heavy rain, and how they might be used in their own communities.
Climate change means Delaware is getting hotter; so much so that scientists predict we could experience as many as 3 additional weeks of days over 90° by the 2020s. All that heat not only makes us sweaty and uncomfortable, but can also lead to serious health risks. To make matters worse, the materials that cities are typically made of (brick, concrete, blacktop, etc.) are particularly good at absorbing and holding-on to heat from the sun, creating what’s called an “urban heat dome” that raises temperatures even more. In this activity, participants can see first-hand what a dramatic difference certain materials have on raising or lowering a city’s temperature. Equipped with Infrared Thermometers and a miniature city block under a heat lamp, participants introduce new items like light colored building materials, trees, and vegetation, to see what effect these items have on cooling down a neighborhood.