An independent co-ed day school for grades Pre K-12

Sustainability


Greens Farms Academy is one of just five independent schools in the country that has earned a Green Ribbon School Award from the U.S. Department of Education, recognizing GFA as a national leader in environmental responsibility. Learn more about how the school earned this distinction. 


Sustainability Council

The Sustainability Council is made up of Eco Club student leaders, faculty, and staff who are dedicated to spreading messages related to environmental literacy, stewardship, and conservation. 

Mission Statement

To investigate and implement solutions that lead to a more sustainable campus at GFA.  Included in this is our effort to engage the entire community in events and education so that they improve their impacts at school and beyond.

Sustainability Initiatives

Education

  • Seed to Table program using organic gardens and natural communities at GFA as teaching tools
  • Partnerships with Audubon Society
  • Student organized carpooling events
  • Vegetarian and local lunch events

Energy

  • Solar panels on maintenance garage
  • Automatic lights on motion sensors that turn off after inactivity
  • Double-paned windows to improve insulation
  • Interior windows to increase passive light
  • Recent upgrades to more efficient HVAC system
  • Transportation by train and bus to and from school
  • Faculty and student carpooling
  • Energy usage tracking

Waste

  • Composting in LS classrooms and cafeteria
  • Garden vegetables integrated into school lunch
  • Food waste management in cafeteria
  • Recycling bins next to every trash can
  • Double-sided printing set as default
  • Secure printing
  • Eco-friendly cleaning supplies

Water

  • Water bottle fillers at every drinking fountain
  • Water usage tracking
  • No-flush urinals in MS bathrooms
  • Low flow toilets
  • Water catchment systems across grounds used for additional irrigation

Conservation

  • No pesticide use on campus
  • Organic fertilizers
  • Integrated pest management
  • Ecosystem approach to landscaping
  • Planting native trees on campus
  • Regular soil and water testing for nutrient runoff
  • School wide and community environmental 

Solar Panel Dashboard

Click to see live data from our solar panels. You can monitor their status in real time, view current solar stats, review kilowatts generated to-date and total energy saved, and learn about how our solar panels work.

Environmental Responsibility

Some of the many environmentally responsible practices in place that keep our campus pristine: 


Fertilizing without synthetic pesticides:

  • Using organic fertilizers like poultry manure, kelp, seaweed extracts, and fish emulsions

  • Aerating our athletic fields three to four times per year to combat compaction 

  • Overseeding our fields regularly to maintain turf density

  • Hand weeding our playing surfaces all in an effort to keep our fields safe and consistent for our athletes

Mulching leaves back to the soil:

  • Reduces waste going to landfills

  • Reduces carbon footprint

  • Improves soil health

  • Reduces fertilizer input

Planting primarily native plants throughout campus:

  • Planting grasses that require minimal fertilization and water

  • Native plants support the local ecosystem 

Creating a 7,500-square-foot butterfly meadow: 

  • GFA was recently was certified as a Monarch Butterfly Waystation.

  • This meadow contains more than 20 native plants and tremendous biodiversity that attracts a wide variety of pollinators, including the Monarch Butterfly.

 

Turf Technology

When it came time to install our artificial turf, GFA sought the most environmentally responsible option available. Our turf field infill, a combination of sand and extruded cork composite, was selected because it is both environmentally friendly and a healthier option than crumb rubber. Read more about our turf upgrade and Janet Hartwell's letter about our turf field

 

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