Sustainability at Woodward

"Sustainability is the thoughtful process of optimizing the use of human, natural and financial resources available to Woodward Academy to honor our history, fulfill our present needs, provide for the future and execute our mission of education."

- Woodward Academy's Blue Ribbon Task Force for Sustainability


In 2009, President Stuart Gulley convened a Blue Ribbon Task Force (Full report, sustainability starts on page 9) to define sustainability at Woodward Academy and to make recommendations for how the school can become a national model for sustainability in college-preparatory education. The Task Force recommended the creation of the Sustainability Council, including representatives from each school division and key departments. This Council, chaired by Marcia Prewitt Spiller, Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs, works to realize the vision of Woodward Academy as a national model in sustainability, as outlined in the five-year  Strategic Plan, in operations, curriculum and beyond.

The Academy Wide, CurriculumDiningOperations, and Technology pages, found in the right hand navigation, provide brief articles on some of the school's initiatives and achievements in sustainability.


Learn about recycling at Woodward!


Council Members:

Staff Members:

  • Marcia Prewitt Spiller - Vice President & Dean for Academic Affairs
  • Kelly Sanderson - Vice President for Finance & Administration
  • Carol Cottrell - Dining Service
  • Patty McIver '87 - IT/Web
  • Tom Owenby - Facilities
  • Mark Seal - Facilities
  • Tyrone Fennie - Housekeeping
  • Shelley Paul - Teaching & Learning
  • Marla Goncalves - Marketing & Communications
  • Joanne Chu - Consultant

School Members:

  • Vicki Musto - Primary School
  • Allyson Campbell '00 - Primary School
  • Danise Fields '83 - Lower School
  • Nanci Lee - Lower School
  • Kathy Smith - Woodward North
  • Karen Clegg - Woodward North
  • Shannon Jackson - Middle School
  • Angela McCreery - Middle School
  • Ken Kirschner - Upper School
  • Monica Kuhlman - Upper School

Sustainability News

  • Academy Preparing to Relaunch Mixed Recycling

    Woodward Academy held training on January 6 for all Facilities and Housekeepings staff as a critical component of a program to relaunch mixed (or single-stream) recycling at the Academy. The program will involve an effort to educate the entire community about what items qualify for single-stream recycling, with the goal of substantially increasing recycling volumes while decreasing landfill volumes. Recyclables are picked up free of charge by the College Park Sanitation Department.

    In addition, the Academy is conducting an audit of existing trash and recycling receptables, and a recycling label is being designed to clarify which items go into recycling bins. Stay tuned for more information as the recycling program rolls out later this semester. Visit our Recycling Programs page for more information about current recycling at the Academy.

    Posted January 24, 2014
  • Students Take on Green Cup Energy Challenge

    Woodward Academy is participating in the Green Cup Energy Challenge, January 15-February 12. Before the challenge, each school established a “baseline” so that past electricity usage can be compared against kilowatt hours used during the challenge.

    Upper School Senior Matthew Kennedy, a member of the Environmental Awareness Club (EAC), is spearheading data collection for the effort, which means he will report a weekly electrical meter reading. The challenge encourages conservation to reduce energy use in schools. Mark Seal, Assistant Director of Facilities, will offer guidance to the students during the challenge.

    For more information, visit the Green Cup Challenge website. To learn more about similar efforts at the Academy, visit our Sustainability at Woodward page.

    Posted January 17, 2014
  • Fall E-cycle Drive Held during America Recycles Day

    On Saturday, November 16, 2013, Woodward Academy celebrated America Recycles Day by hosting their fall e-cycling drive for the Woodward Academy community. The total weight for the day of the pick-up was 2,355 lbs. which included various mobile devices,46 CPU, 5 Laptops, 10 Monitors, 19 Printers & Scanners, 35 keyboards, 4 projectors, and about 45 miscellaneous items. There was also an early pick-up of equipment from the IT department of 2,771 lbs, making the total of reused or recycled items 5,126 lbs.

    The drive was coordinated by the IT department with several Upper School students volunteering to help!
    More about e-cycling at Woodward.

    Posted December 2, 2013

Questions & Suggestions

Please contact us at sustainability@woodward.edu