Did you know that almost every month, a group of about 20 PDS Climate Scholars meets with grad students from Princeton University to share resources and discuss urgent issues related to climate change and sustainability? In addition, each year our Climate Scholars spend countless hours organizing one of the most distinctive high school student conferences in the state: newly dubbed the NextGen Student Climate Summit, this nexus of NJ high school student presentations and sustainability experts on site to share their resources is happening on May 11 at The Watershed.
Our Green HistoryIn 2006 we held our first large school brainstorming sessions on sustainability, deciding at those meetings to make greening the school one of our major initiatives. It was clear to us that a 21st century education was not complete without teaching ecoliteracy and having our institutional behavior and campus model sustainable decision-making.
Our PhilosophyPrinceton Day School’s mission is to prepare students “to act knowledgeably, to lead thoughtfully, to share generously, and to contribute meaningfully.”
To fulfill this mission we must graduate students who understand the ecological consequences of their actions, who have a sense of long-term decision-making and its effect on ecological health.
Princeton Day School believes that students are our largest carbon footprint, that their personal and professional decisions now and in the future will help determine the fate of the planet.
Our GoalOur goal is to nurture a culture of environmental stewardship by working simultaneously in the areas of facilities, behavior, and curriculum. We want our graduates to understand that how they use resources affects the ability of future generations to also use those resources.
The Food Mood magazine is the culminating project of the interdisciplinary English elective course Food for Thought, taught by Elizabeth Cutler, featuring personal narratives, reviews, recipes, critical essays on the politics and environmental impact of food, reflections on health and wellness, and much more.
PDS joins an elite group of only three other secondary schools in the nation to have achieved four-star status from the Green Restaurant Association for their demonstrable efforts to provide sustainable food service. Congratulations to PDS Sustainability Coordinator Liz Cutler, Flik Director Brian Mochnal, Chef Mason Irving, the Flik team and the PDS community for their ongoing commitment to dining green! Learn more about sustainability programming at PDS here.
2017 Eco-Schools Green Flag Award
2015 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School
2015 New Jersey Green Ribbon School
Green Restaurant Association - 3-Star Designation
Garden of the Year from NJ Farm to School Network 2015
2011 Bronze Level River-Friendly School Certification from Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association
2009 Kiwi Magazine Grand Prize “Crusaders Award for Excellence in School Meals”
2009 Green Cup Challenge national winner (for energy reduction)