Princeton Day School formally dedicated Isaac's Greenhouse and the Penny Wallace '69 Courtyard in a ceremony on October 28. The new greenhouse was made possible thanks to a generous donation by Randy Mehrberg and his wife Michele Schara, parents of PDS alumni Sam '11 and Eric '19, and is named for the son of Sustainability Coordinator Liz Cutler. Ms. Cutler's passion to develop the School's sustainability program, combined with Isaac's radiant personality, inspired the Mehrberg-Schara family. See the full story and photo gallery.
Our Green History
In 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. Today our sustainability program is considered one of the best in the country and our graduates are known for their environmental activism and responsibility.
Princeton 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 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.
Princeton Day Announces Environmental Stewardship with ENGIE Agreement. Read more!
2017 Eco-Schools Green Flag Award
2015 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School
2015 New Jersey Green Ribbon School
Green Restaurant Association - 4-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)
Happy throngs of PDS community members enjoyed delicious food and lessons in sustainability in the Garden and surrounding outdoor spaces along with tours of the new greenhouse and courtyard. This year's Harvest Festival theme, "Arts in the Garden," featured multiple student performances and student artwork in Garden areas and Kristy's Meadow.
On October 19, 2019, the PDS Garden celebrates 11 years of bringing joy, sustenance, beauty and sustainability practice to the Princeton Day School community. PDS families won't want to miss this year's Harvest Festival, which will focus on Arts in the Garden!
The English Elective, Food For Thought: Food, Culture, and Writing, went on a full day "farm to table" field trip in early October. The class visited Lima Family Farm, North Slope Farm and Doublebrook Farm. The trip concluded with a wonderful lunch at Brick Farm Market featuring some of the food they saw being raised.
Community Garden Day was a success! Members of the PDS community came together to weed, mulch, build and water in order to keep our amazing garden looking beautiful. View the story to see photo highlights, watch a video from Sustainability Coordinator Liz Cutler and read about all of the wonderful work that went on that day.