We seek to encourage and expand conversation and collaboration around sustainability throughout the school community. We teach environmental accountability through academic classes and extra-curricular activities including weekly work projects, club events, community service, and involvement in school, town, state and national sustainability initiatives. As an athletic option in the fall and spring trimesters, Westover offers Outdoor, which includes wilderness skills, teambuilding, paddling, hiking, and rock climbing. Many of our academic science offerings include basic ecological principles that reinforce the importance of living in a sustainable community. Opportunities are available for students in upper level science courses and the W.I.S.E (Women In Science and Engineering) program to research solutions to environmental problems and to develop their ideas into functioning projects on campus.
Green Cup Challenge 2017
The Green Cup Challenge is a four week challenge among a number of private schools that compete to reduce their kWh usage and green house gas emissions over the course of the month in comparison to their baseline energy usage.
Schedule for the month of February.
Sample work projects
Weekly recycling pickup
Weekly composting of kitchen wastes
Nightly monitoring of lights in common areas
Efforts to Improve Health of Natural AreasReturn pond to a less eutrophic state
Maintain trail system on campus
Reduce populations of invasive plants
Monitor uncut areas of grassland (Meadow Project)
Solar panels on several campus buildings
Cogeneration plant on campus
Environmental Action Committee (EAC), student led committee Environmental Sustainability Advisory Council (ESAC) committee of members of the Development Office, faculty, Head of School, and alumnae to oversee and foster sustainability on campus
Participation in National Initiatives