Sustainability at Lawrenceville

The Lawrenceville School has undertaken a “Green Campus Initiative” seeking to take a holistic approach to campus sustainability. The initiative focuses on campus energy, materials, land, and water use applying methods that promote ecological literacy, sustainability education and involve the broader community outside of the school.
 
The Lawrenceville School’s environment makes an aesthetic impression on those who come to campus while simultaneously presenting a pedagogical mission. The campus in particular, with the legacy of alumnus Aldo Leopold and foundational landscape design by Frederick Law Olmsted, provides unique educational opportunities for students and the local community. As a result, students, faculty, staff, and citizens who work, learn, and live on and around our campus can gain a new dimension to their learning experience, and an increased appreciation of the natural world.

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  • Green Building, Energy Efficiency, and Renewables

    With an eye toward renewable energy and in an effort to reduce our dependence on traditional fossil fuel intensive methods of producing energy, the Green Campus Initiative will address energy efficiency in a responsible, practical, and cost effective way. The Initiative addresses all aspects of energy use including building use (both residential and academic), vehicle fleet fuel consumption, water use, and heating and cooling systems. Using both supply- and demand-side management in conjunction with the best available technologies, the School will aim to maximize the economic savings and minimize the environmental impact of its current energy use.
  • Land and Water Management

    The Lawrenceville School is surrounded by hundreds of acres of School owned, preserved, forests and farmland that offer boundless educational, economic, and ecological potential. Through the Green Campus Initiative, the School will research and implement intelligent strategies for forest stewardship, agricultural practices, habitat protection, and appropriate conservation and restoration practices -- all while mindful of the campus' designation as a national historic landmark. In addition to providing educational and economic value, these lands will be managed in a way that maintains the integrity of natural systems, preserves open space, wetlands, and critical habitat for wildlife. This is especially important given the School's location at the lowest point in the watershed with two important stream corridors flowing through the property.
  • Procurement and Waste Systems

    To reduce the amount of trash produced by the School, Lawrenceville will implement procurement policies that emphasize high quality, least cost, and maximum environmental benefit products and services. Responsible application of the School's purchasing power will have an environmental benefit, as well as contribute to both the local economy and to bottom-line savings. Specifically, the School seeks to minimize harmful effluents from the campus entering the local environment through landfills (or other dumping), sewage, chemical runoff, or other pathways.
     
    The Lawrenceville School has undertaken a Green Campus Initiative that will take a holistic approach to campus sustainability. The Initiative focuses on campus energy, materials, land, and water use applying methods that promote ecological literacy, sustainability education, and involve the broader community outside of the School.
  • Solar Farm

    The Lawrenceville School Solar Farm consists of a nearly 30-acre, net metered, 6.1 megawatt solar facility, and honey-producing bee hives, which ring the perimeter of the array. The nearly half a million resident honey bees are nourished by a special wildflower mixture planted among and around the solar panels. The Farm offsets 6,388 metric tons of CO2 annually, the equivalent of taking 1,253 cars off the road annually.
     
    The 24,934 solar panels generate six megawatts of energy, covering 90 percent of the School's needs. During the day, the array can produce nearly twice the amount of energy needed by the School. The excess is imported to the local electrical utility, Public Service Electric & Gas (PSE&G) and credited to the School. The School will draw excess energy and all other required energy from PSE&G after sundown.

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