For the past several years, Wasatch Academy has been dedicated to reducing its impact on the environment. It is with high hopes that one day Wasatch Academy will become a recognized leader in how small schools in rural areas can implement various sustainable practices to reduce their environmental impact.
In an effort to establish the standard, Wasatch Academy is partnering with several environmental education organizations that offer support for K-12 schools that are interested in combining an effective green management approach to school grounds, facilities, and curriculum to empower today’s students for a sustainable tomorrow. “In order to qualify for these green school designations, Wasatch Academy has had to demonstrate strong water and energy conservation measures, litter patrols, active recycling programs, and hands-on environmental stewardship activities with students,” said Wasatch Academy Director of Sustainability and Experiential Education, Joel C. Barnes, Ph.D.
By pursuing designations as Utah Green School with the Utah Society of Environmental Education, and as an Eco-School with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Wasatch Academy is able to use the guidance and structure provided by these programs to strengthen sustainability education throughout the curriculum and across campus. “Schools are only given this designation if they have taken numerous steps to conserve and protect resources inside their schools and on school grounds,” officials of Eco-Schools USA National Wildlife Federation stated, “The Eco-Schools designation recognizes the efforts undertaken to promote environmental care and ownership.”
In January of 2019, Wasatch Academy received the Bronze Award and Silver Award as a WWF Eco-School. Barnes states, “Green community programs and education are an essential component of our nation-leading clean energy success and demonstrates our administration’s commitment to partnering with organizations that recognize the importance of being the change we wish to see.”
If you are interested in supporting Wasatch Academy’s NetZero initiatives or would like to get involved with other eco-friendly projects happening around campus, contact Dr. Joel Barnes at firstname.lastname@example.org.