Environmental Sustainability

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.

Weekly Environmental News


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

Committee Work

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

Local sustainability conferences
Member of the Green Schools Alliance
Annual participation in the Green Cup Challenge