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.