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 a sustainability council. The Academy now defines 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 USGBC LEED certified buildings: Jane Woodruff Hall - Upper School Humanities Building - Gold LEED; Joseph H. Moss Math and Science building - Gold LEED; Jordan N. Carlos Middle School campus, 3 buildings - Silver LEED.
  • With the headwaters of the Flint River being located adjacent to our campus, specifically Student Transport and our Willingham Athletic facility, Woodward has partnered with Finding the Flinta group looking to create new experiences in our community and the Aerotropolis at the water's edge. Restoration of the river, especially in the upper portions in and around Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, is a way for Woodward to engage with the revitalization of the College Park, East Point, and Hapeville communties.
  • Woodward also has participated in the USGBC Green Apple Day of Service since 2014.
  • We provide eight parking spaces and two charging stations for low-emission vehicles as well as a dedicated carpool line for low-emission vehicles. We also encourage carpooling with families and employees.
  • 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.
  • Our students help maintain outdoor learning gardens.
  • We have also recently rented a plot on Main St. in College Park to grow fresh produce and give back to local food banks and shelters. Check out the slideshow below from our recent planting session at our urban farm.