Miller-Driscoll joins Connecticut Green LEAF program
Miller-Driscoll School has joined Middlebrook and Wilton High School as members of the Connecticut Green LEAF Schools program, making it the 86th school to participate and first to join the program in 2016.
“The Miller-Driscoll Green Team is looking forward to partnering with Wilton Go Green to assess our current practices and find new ways to make our school greener,” Interim Principal Bernadette Hess said in a Feb. 29 Wilton Go Green press release.
With a focus on “leading, educating, achieving, and fostering healthy, green schools for all,” Connecticut Green LEAF helps schools grow greener by providing effective environmental and sustainability education, improving the health and wellness of students and staff, and reducing environmental impact and cost.
The program celebrates and recognizes those schools making progress toward sustainability with its Connecticut Green LEAF awards. It also supports the nomination of selected schools to the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon School award.
The effort for Wilton schools to join this program has been spearheaded by faculty, staff, administrators and students within the schools who, for many years, have been implementing a variety of “green” programs quietly and independently.
By joining Connecticut Green LEAF, said Wilton High School senior and Wilton Go Green board member Alex Scaperotta, “these efforts now have an umbrella, and by coordinating them and drawing on the resources and learnings of other Green LEAF schools, these efforts will become part of a greater plan to help make our schools and community even more sustainable.”
Wilton Go Green will serve as a Green LEAF hub to link the schools’ efforts with each other, as well as to resources available through the Green LEAF program, town government, and the community.
Connecticut Green LEAF
The Connecticut Green LEAF School program, administered by the Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut State University, serves as a resource for educators, administrators, building officials, and students in K-12 schools, colleges, and universities around Connecticut interested in taking a comprehensive sustainability approach.
The program is a collaborative effort led by the Connecticut Departments of Administrative Services, Education, Energy and Environmental Protection and Public Health, along with other state educational and environmental organizations.