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." As part of this certification, WNA is developing a plan that incorporates sustainability into the physical campus, residential life, and the curriculum.
To spearhead these initiatives, students have formed the Student Environmental Council (SEC) to engage students in ideas of sustainability and environmental conservation. The SEC focuses on research, outdoor exploration, and activities that promote civic and community engagement, including meeting with local, state, and federal legislators to discuss environmental laws and policies that affect WNA's community and beyond.
WNA believes it is important to engage with our neighbors in these efforts, and became a founding member of the Cecil County Conservation Partnership, a network of local conservation organizations. These connections open opportunities for educational, volunteer, and service learning partnerships for our students and faculty. One such partnership is with Kilby Farm and Creamery, located just minutes from our campus. Kilby Farm serves as an outdoor classroom for our students, and they also accept all of the food waste from our compost program to feed their methane digester.
Below is a list of current sustainability efforts on campus. Click on each option for more information.