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Environmental Sustainability

West Nottingham Academy is a Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE) Certified Sustainable School, which means that our community has "made a commitment to developing stewards of the earth and reducing environmental impact."  WNA embraces an ethical commitment to reciprocity: sustaining the earth that sustains us.  Our entire community is dedicated to reducing our ecological footprint, reusing rather than wasting, and recycling through a comprehensive program.

The Student Environmental Council (SEC) leads our campus-wide commitment to environmental stewardship and conservation efforts.  SEC focuses on research, outdoor exploration, and activities that promote civic and community engagement, including meeting with local, state, and federal legislators, featuring sustainability in our community through the documentary "Closing the Loop: From Waste to Wealth and Clean Energy," and hosting a podcast series, "The World Won't Wait: Conversations on Climate Change".

WNA's diverse 100-acre campus is a perfect natural attribute for environmental education.  In addition to our home campus and due to the generosity of the Kilby family, WNA has established an ongoing partnership with Kilby Dairy Farm, one mile from our campus.  Kilby Farm provides an additional outdoor classroom with exciting possibilities for environmental education across the curriculum.  The Kilby Farm partnership also makes possible WNA's signature food waste diversion program, which diverts all dining hall food waste to the farm's methane digester, where it becomes clean energy to run the farm and natural compost to fertilze the fields. 

The Kilby Family, along with another well-respected Cecil County family, the Cairns family, have established the Mike Cairns Environmental Fellowship, an annual fellowship opportunity for a recent college graduate who supports and helps to lead WNA's environmental programs.

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  • Sustainability Signature Program

    Students in the Environmental Sustainability Signature Program can further take advantage of and enhance West Nottingham's status as a Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE) Certified Sustainable School.  Those in the Signature Program will have additional resources in West Nottingham's community partners, including Kilby Dairy Farm and the Cecil County Conservation Partnership.  Click to learn more.
  • Conversations on Climate Change

    The Student Environmental Council (SEC) presents a series of podcasts, “The World Won’t Wait: Conversations on Climate Change,” exploring the current issues in climate change and environmental conservation, reflecting on their magnitude, and brainstorming solutions in which we can all play a part.  Click to learn more and listen to full episodes.
  • Reducing and Recycling

    WNA is a plastic bottle-free campus.  We no longer use straws or single-serving plastics in Frank D. Brown Dining Hall.  The entire community engages in advanced plastic recycling that, in addition to glass, plastic, and paper, includes batteries, light bulbs, pens and markers, and electronics, to significantly reduce the pounds of trash that go into our dumpster.
  • Local Foods

    WNA is now using locally produced milk, eggs, and ice cream, along with chicken and pork for special events, in Frank D. Brown Dining Hall.  Local foods are healthier, taste better, and reduce the use of gas in shipping foods from far away.  WNA's use of local foods also supports our local economy and establishes good community partnerships.
  • Idle-Free Zone

    To reduce our carbon footprint and ensure student health by reducing the toxins they breathe on campus, WNA is now an idle-free zone.  All buses and waiting cars turn off their engines in all campus parking areas until they are ready to drive.
  • Solar Panel Field

    The solar panel field demonstrates WNA's commitment to renewable energy and carbon reduction to mitigate climate change.
  • Earth Day Celebration and Conference

    WNA celebrates Earth Day with several days of education programming, outdoor activities, and service learning projects.  Also as part of these celebrations, the SEC, with support from the director of sustainability and Mike Cairns Environmental Sustainability Fellow, hosts a sustainability conference.  The inaugural conference brought five schools and seven different conservation organizations to WNA to listen to presentations and share sustainability ideas and programs.
  • Cecil Conservation Partnership

    The Cecil Conservation Partnership (CCP) is a network of conservation organizations from all over the county, to which WNA belongs.  WNA students and faculty can partner with other member groups who act as resources for educational and service learning opportunities.  CCP meetings are regularly held at WNA, which brings local community organizations onto our campus and connects our students to the local conservation community.