Eco-Schools USA and Delaware Valley Green Building Council: Helping to Create a More Sustainable State!
The Delaware Pathways to Green Schools Program, supported by the partnership between the Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility (DE SEU) and the Delaware Valley Green Building Council (DVGBC), is an ongoing program designed to help schools reduce their energy costs and to foster the growth of sustainability initiatives in Delaware’s Schools.
Now in its second year, the DE Pathways program has partnered with Eco-Schools USA to support the twelve schools—public, private, and charter—from across the state that were accepted to participate. Qualified schools receive a free comprehensive building energy audit performed by the University of Delaware’s Industrial Assessment Center and assistance with energy benchmarking in the U.S. EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager.
Program participants are provided with stipends to support their student-led Eco-Action Team, mentorship from the DVGBC’s Delaware Branch volunteers, and eligibility to apply for the DE Pathways Annual Mini-Grant in the fall.
Students help plant seeds to grow vegetables in their onsite food garden. From planting, weeding, to harvesting, each grade at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School was involved in the care of the garden.
Students from Mt. Pleasant Elementary School take a closer look at the plants in their onsite food garden.
A group of five students from St. Andrew's School formed a solar task force to determine the potential economic benefit of installing a solar array onsite. The students raised the funds to purchase and install the solar array in October 2014.
The DVGBC is a 501(c)3 organization located in Philadelphia that represents Chester, Bucks and Montgomery, Lehigh and Northampton Counties, and the state of Delaware. Our mission is to foster transformative impact in our communities through green building education and advocacy. Our vision is to create a healthy, equitable, and resilient regional built environment. This program is a part of DVGBC’s larger Green Schools Campaign throughout the Delaware Valley, which aims to put every child in a green school within a generation.
The DE SEU is a non-profit organization created by the State of Delaware to foster a sustainable energy future through conservation, efficiencies, and the use of renewable energy sources, like solar, wind, and geothermal. Its model is the first of its kind to be established in the United States.
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