Pathways to Green Schools 2021-22 Wrap-up

By Winn Costantini

Posted June 20, 2022

Delaware schools have accomplished so much this year, from new school gardens and habitats to outdoor learning spaces with tables made from recycled materials. 

We welcomed 4 new members this year, including St. Edmond’s Academy, Archmere Academy, and St. Mary Magdalen School! With our partners at Practical Energy Solutions, each new member received a school energy assessment, where students learned about energy use and conservation and helped collect data. 

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Student's at St. Edmond's Academy learning about their school's energy systems

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Students at St. Edmond's Academy using an infrared thermometer


Our 2022 Mini Grant awardees’ projects are also well underway! At Appoquinimink High School, students have started the process of creating a native pollinator garden by installing drip hose lines and planting trees and shrubs. Students at North Star Elementary School have started the process of cleaning up overgrown invasive species over several acres of unused space and bringing back native plants to support biodiversity to create a schoolyard habitat. They have also planted corn, pumpkins, and herbs in their new multicultural school garden. At Welch Elementary, students have received recycled plastic picnic tables to use in their new outdoor learning space. 

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Students at Appoquinimink High School working on their native pollinator garden

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Students at North Star Elementary School creating their Schoolyard Habitat

We are also now accepting applications for the 2022-23 Pathways to Green Schools program for both new and returning schools! Pathways will also have two new components of the program. First, schools receiving audits in the new school year as well as schools that have had audits in the past but have not yet implemented energy conservation measures (ECMs), will have the opportunity to receive assistance with facilities planning - including creating long term timelines for implementing and funding ECMs.

We will also be accepting applications from returning schools to receive individualized sustainability planning, which will include a series of in-person workshops aimed at helping schools move along National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-Schools Pathways! We will be opening up applications for this service later in the summer and will have an information session about the Pathways program, including these new offerings in September 2022.

 

We look forward to working with you in the coming school year!

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