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Sustainability

Berkshire is a leader among independent schools in advancing the principles of sustainability, with a culture of conservation and environmental responsibility ingrained across campus and throughout all programs.

The most noteworthy aspect of Berkshire’s greening is that it’s the students who are leading the initiatives. Students in the Sustainability class have been the drivers—and the facilitators—of nearly all new sustainability programs on campus. They conduct background research, perform risk analysis, develop proposals, and present their findings and ideas to the faculty. One student initiative: the eight-acre, two-megawatt solar field with 8,332 photovoltaic solar panels is one of the largest solar fields of any school or college in New England. In the summer of 2016, Berkshire made a significant long-term financial commitment to a new solar field in Bolton, Mass. With this further investment in renewable energy, it allows the School to reach 100% of its electric energy needs through renewable sources. 

Our students’ commitment to creating new ideas for sustainability initiatives positions Berkshire School as a leader in science and technology education.

Sustainability in Action

 

Awards & Grants

2019 Recognized for matching 100% of the School's electricity usage with Green-e Energy certified Renewable Energy Certificates

2015 Massachusetts Electric Vehicle Investment Program Grant, recipient for an electric car charging station

2013 Named a Green Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education (One of just 64 schools to receive this distinction)

2011 The Sustainable Endowments Institute Billion Dollar Green Challenge, participant (Berkshire School was the only secondary school participant in the country.)

2011 Keep America Beautiful Recycle Bowl, Massachusetts champion

2010 DoSomething.org Community Garden Grant, recipient

2010 Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation Green Your Pastures Fund Grant, recipient

2009 DoSomething.org Increase Your Green Competition, winner

2008 Green Cup Challenge, 1st place winner