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!

--Rolling out new recycling and landfill labels - highlights on the Weather Channel, April 2014.


Council Members:

  • Marcia Prewitt Spiller - Vice President & Dean for Academic Affairs
  • Kelly Sanderson - Vice President for Finance & Administration
  • Carol Cottrell - Dining Service, Director
  • Patty McIver '87 - IT, Web Manager,
  • Tom Owenby - Facilities, Assistant Director
  • Mark Seal - Facilities, Assistant Director
  • Shelley Paul - Learning Design, Director
  • Marla Goncalves - Marketing & Communications
  • Jennifer Norman - Student Transport, Associate Director
  • Vicki Musto - Primary School Teacher
  • Danise Fields '83 - Lower School Teacher
  • Jenny DuBose - Woodward North Teacher
  • Angela McCreery - Middle School Teacher
  • Monica Kuhlman - Upper School Teacher
  • Joanne Chu - Consultant, Marion Ecological

Additional Support:

  • Nanci Lee - Lower School Teacher, Recycling
  • Ken Kirschner - Upper School Teacher, Recycling
  • Lacy George - Upper School Teacher, Clean Air Campaign
  • Jacob Edmison - Lower School Teacher, Clean Air Campaign

Sustainability News

  • Students Plant Trees in College Park

    Austin Thomas, Ben Vellanikaran, John Duke, Lucy Xu,  Marianne Lecesne and Rebekah Lecesne

    Woodward Academy students recently participated in a tree planting project in College Park. Alongside local resident John Duke and Upper School math teacher Marianne Lecesne, Austin Thomas '15, Ben Vellanikaran '18, Lucy Xu (eighth grade foreign exchange student from China), and Rebekah Lecesne '20 planted trees from Mercer Avenue to Vesta Avenue on the Academy’s side of the railroad tracks.

    The Atlanta Airport Authority-funded project has provided the city with 126 new trees, including Crepe Myrtle, Red Maple, River Birch, Trident Maple, Chinese Elm, and one Tulip Popular, which can be viewed in the groves on both sides of the tracks near the MARTA station and in areas of the new Phoenix Trail.

    Posted January 27, 2015
  • 2014 Green Apple Day of Service Success

    Jane Woodruff Hall with Event Sign

    We had 3.77 tons of "stuff"& 139 containers of paint diverted!
    Learn more about the event: http://www.woodward.edu/about/sustainability/green/index.aspx

    Posted October 10, 2014
  • Green Apple Day of Service

    Woodward Academy will celebrate the first Green Apple Day of Service with a Drop & Go recycling drive on Saturday, September 20, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Woodward's Main Campus. Recyclable items include:

    • electronics
    • textiles and shoes
    • books and bulk paper
    • paint - latex and oil
    • secure paper shredding

    There also will be student-led tours of Jane Woodruff Hall to highlight the building's qualification for Gold Level Certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) from the United States Green Building Council. Representatives from the architecture firm Perkins + Will and the construction firm JE Dunn will be available to answer questions.

    More information about Green Apple Day of Service.

    Posted September 19, 2014

Questions & Suggestions

Please contact us at sustainability@woodward.edu