St. Andrew’s recently became one of Delaware’s first schools to be recognized for its proactive approach to environmental stewardship and sustainability.
The Delaware Department of Education’s Green Ribbon program honors individual schools for progress and achievement in reducing their environmental impact, improving the health and wellness of their students, staff and faculty, and providing quality environmental education through STEM courses, civic skills and “green” career pathways.
St. Andrew’s School was recognized for devoting 44 percent of its 2,200-acre grounds near Middletown to tillable farmland and other ecologically-beneficial uses, including a rain garden, swales and several naturalized areas.
The school’s newly-constructed field house, which was certified at the Gold level by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, also features a unique infiltration bed design that reduced storm water runoff by 94 percent.
Environmental sustainability also is woven into the school’s mathematics, biology and environmental sciences courses, according to the department.
Other winners of the state’s first Green Ribbons included the Red Clay Consolidated School District’s Conrad School of Science and Richardson Park Elementary School, in partnership with the Richard Park Learning Center. Red Clay’s Baltz and Heritage elementary schools received honorable mention.