Our Environment Teaches Resilience
Willow doesn’t shy away from challenge. Since the school was founded in 2000, Willow has confronted the enormous test to create a more sustainable world, head on. Our campus is intentionally crafted to reduce our impact on the environment and provide a range of learning opportunities.
The Health, Wellness & Nutrition Center, for instance, runs on 100% renewable energy, and all rainwater is captured, treated and utilized. Willow students monitor the building’s energy usage and can trace the entire water recycling system in precise detail. Our working gardens supplement the locally sourced lunch program, providing students a concrete understanding and appreciation of the food cycle from seed to table, while the sustainable design of classrooms promotes appreciation of the natural world.
The small and large ways that Willow lives its commitment to sustainability makes a powerful impression on students. When children are part of a school community that tackles complex problems, they acquire the confidence and compassion to be effective agents of change. Willow graduates stand apart from their peers because they can move beyond caring about important issues, to using their knowledge, understanding, and skills to do something about them.
More to Explore on Sustainability
Willow is excited to host the 9th Annual East Coast Green Conference on June 21 in our Health, Wellness & Nutrition Center, which is certified as a Living Building. East Coast Green, organized by the New Jersey chapter of The American Institute of Architects...
Fourth graders ask their school community (and Governor Murphy) to help cut back on plastic and save the ocean. ”Dear Governor Murphy, Our science class is learning about plastic in the ocean. I’m writing to share some facts about why New Jersey should help by using...