How many independent schools in New Jersey can say that 100 percent of their electricity in 2016 will come from renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power? Just one, and that school is Dwight-Englewood.
D-E recently became a Green Power Partner of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) after purchasing a year’s worth of megawatt hours of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) from Direct Energy Business, an energy and energy-related services provider. Electricity comes into the power gird from a number of sources, both green sources and those that create greenhouse gasses. By buying RECs and thus laying claim to 3,117 megawatt hours of green power, the School is ensuring that our energy for 2016 comes from sustainable sources. What’s more, this choice is helping the renewal energy market to grow and modeling good sustainability practices for other institutions. In fact, the EPA has designated the D-E as member of the Green Power Leadership Circle.
This major accomplishment in sustainability efforts at D-E was spearheaded by Upper School science teacher Don McNeil. Notes Head of School Dr. Rodney V. De Jarnett, “Don has worked very long for this—and to have the School committed to being fully green in our usage of electricity is a statement.”
A profile of D-E and its approaches to sustainability can be found on the EPA website in the Green Power Partner List. Look for our Green Power Partner certificate on display in the Hajjar STEM Center.