Woodward student holding plants

At Woodward, we are passionate about living gently on our planet, and we are proud of our students' commitment to sustaining the earth and its resources.

We embrace a broad approach to sustainability, dedicating ourselves to thoughtful use of energy resources as well as sustaining our dedicated faculty over time and teaching our students to be good stewards of the earth.

When he came to Woodward in 2009, President Stuart Gulley placed a priority on sustainability, beginning a process that led to the creation of an Academy-wide Sustainability Council. We define sustainability as the thoughtful process of optimizing the use of human, natural, and financial resources to honor our history, fulfill our present needs, provide for the future, and execute our mission of education.

Sustainability at Woodward is multi-faceted:

  • Mixed recycling sorting and e-cycling is practiced campus-wide, cutting back on our use of resources and reducing our waste stream.
  • We use temperature controls on all buildings, campus-wide set points, and several of our buildings use geothermal wells for heating and cooling as well as other energy saving measures.
  • Five of our buildings are LEED certified and we also participate in the USGBC Green Apple Day of Service.
  • Our students help maintain outdoor gardens.
  • Our Dining Services staff works hard to reduce waste and incorporate locally grown produce into our menus.
  • We devote attention to sustaining our human resources by providing wellness programs, excellent benefits, and carpool options.
  • We are dedicated to becoming a national model in sustainability education for our students.
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