Student Life

Environmental Stewardship

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.

List of 5 items.

  • Reducing Plastics

    West Nottingham no longer uses plastics -- straws, single-serving condiments, stirrers, etc. -- in Frank D. Brown Dining Hall.  We also have reusable shopping bags on all of our buses for students to use on shopping trips and weekend activities.  We are also encouraging the use of reusable water bottles and moving toward a plastic bottle-free campus by next year.
  • Composting

    All food waste from Frank D. Brown Dining Hall is transported to our partner, Kilby Farm, where it goes into a methane digester that produces energy for the farm.
  • Recycling

    The entire WNA community engages in advanced recycling 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 in Frank D. Brown Dining Hall.  It’s healthier, tastes better, and reduces the use of gas in shipping foods from far away.  The 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 until they are ready to leave campus. 
Virginia Kennedy
Director of Sustainability Programs