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.
Below is a list of current sustainability efforts on campus. Click on each option for more information.