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  • Greenwich Academy, a college-prep school, is a part of the EPA’s Green Power Partnership after purchasing green energy credits to ensure that 87% of its power comes from renewable resources.  Located in south-western Connecticut, buys 2.3 million kWh of green power per year, reducing their carbon dioxide production by about 1500 tons per year.  Be sure to check out their solar setup here.
  • Hotchkiss School, a secondary boarding school, is also recognized as part of the EPA’s Green Power Partnership.  Located in Lakeville, CT, Hotchkiss purchases 22 percent of its energy, about 2 million kWh, from wind power.  Besides reducing its carbon emissions by about 1300 tons per year, Hotchkiss includes a student garden and reusable supplies, and many of its buildings are LEED-certified. Check out their green energy and building page here.
  • Ashland High School in Massachusetts has put together its own Green School program, incorporating renewable energy sources, outdoor classrooms, natural resources, and local environment. Upgraded with energy-saving features, Ashland High School is a model for schools wishing to retrofit or upgrade their own energy systems.
  • Sky Islands High School is part of a revolutionary new trend of high schools centering their curricula around sustainable practices and environmental awareness.  Located in southern Arizona, this public 9-12 school ties its lessons into the surrounding environment with local history, archaeology, and art, etc. 
  • Whitmore Lake High School, certified LEED-silver, was not only built to be energy-efficient, it was built in an efficient and renewable way. Relying on the outside environment as a large part of its design, outdoor classrooms as well as effective daylighting and ventilation help make this Michigan school both sustainable and health-oriented. Their LEED certification and reports on sustainability can be found here.
  • Barnard Environmental Magnet School in New Haven was Connecticut's first LEED-certified public school. Their 196-panel photovoltaic setup provides over 10% of the school's electricity and serves as a learning laboratory for students. Barnard also takes advantage of daylighting strategies, recycled construction materials, and green roofs. Check out New Haven's news article here.
  • Coventry High School's Keep Connecticut Cool team hosted an environmental music festival which raised over $1500 for reusable lunch trays. Additionally, they worked with the principal to ensure the relay of environmentally-friendly tips during weekly television announcements, as well as include reminders to turn TV's off after morning announcements. Their team's accomplishments are listed here.
  • E.O.Smith High School in Storrs participated in Keep Connecticut Cool, resulting in the creation of a Bike-To-School week. They corroborated with the UConn Eco-Huskies on a sneaker recycling drive, and with Green Teams on composting and recycling in their school. Check out their goals and accomplishments here.
  • New London Harbor School students measured the carbon footprint of New London schools, then presented their findings to administration and requested donations from local businesses. The money they raised from grants and the BOE was used to purchase 2.5 acres of land in Costa Rica through Reforest the Tropics, which will sequester about a ton of carbon dioxide per year. Their accomplishments are listed here.
  • Robbins Middle School in Farmington had several teams participate in Keep Connecticut Cool. Together, they worked with a local farm to promote the purchase of local produce, as well as hosted a gardening class at the farm for students and town residents. They provided outreach to community members, helping them understand their carbon footprint, organize carpooling to school events, and purchase organic food. The teams, goals, and accomplishments are listed here.
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