The US Green Building Council recently published a fantastic article honoring our co-founder, Mark Biedron, and his lasting impact on green building and sustainable education. “If you have toured The Willow School in the past couple of decades, chances are Mark walked you through. If your school pursues stormwater and wastewater treatment, uses healthy materials, or has an integrated curriculum, you likely have The Willow School to thank,” writes Casey Cullen-Woods in the piece.
Willow was part of the inaugural class of Green Ribbon Schools for our LEED-certified school buildings; our Barn, constructed in 2006, was the first LEED Platinum-certified building in New Jersey. In 2017, our Health, Wellness & Nutrition Center became the 14th Living Building certified worldwide. Beyond the buildings, our sustainability efforts on campus are deeply tied to our school’s mission to teach children how to develop ethical relationships with each other and the natural world. We are inspired by Mark’s vision every day, and we are so proud to have paved the way for sustainable schools!