Wilton Go Green announced this week that Miller-Driscoll School has joined Middlebrook School and Wilton High School as members of the CT Green LEAF Schools program. Miller-Driscoll is the 86th school to participate in the program, and is the first to join in 2016.

“The Miller-Driscoll Green Team is looking forward to partnering with Wilton Go Green to assess our current practices and find new ways to make our school greener,” says interim principal Bernadette Hess.

Connecticut Green LEAF helps schools grow greener and focuses on leading, educating, achieving, and fostering healthy, green schools for all. There are three goals to the program, including:  providing effective environmental and sustainability education; improving the health and wellness of students and staff; and reducing environmental impact and cost. The program celebrates and recognizes those schools making progress toward sustainability with its CT Green LEAF awards. It also supports the nomination of selected schools to the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon School award.

The effort for Wilton schools to join this program has been spearheaded by faculty, staff, administrators and students within the schools who, for many years, have been implementing a variety of “green” programs quietly and independently.  By joining CT Green LEAF, “these efforts now have an umbrella” says Alex Scaperotta, a senior at WHS and board member of Wilton Go Green, who adds, “By coordinating them and drawing on the resources and learnings of other Green LEAF schools, these efforts will become part of a greater plan to help make our schools and community even more sustainable.”

Wilton Go Green will serve as a Green LEAF “hub” to link the schools’ efforts with each other, as well as to resources available through the Green LEAF program, town government, and the community.

The CT Green LEAF School program is administered by the Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut State University, and it serves as a resource for educators, administrators, building officials, and students in K-12 schools, colleges, and universities around CT interested in taking a comprehensive sustainability approach. The program is a collaborative effort led by the CT Departments of Administrative Services, Education, Energy and Environmental Protection and Public Health, along with other state educational and environmental organizations.  For more information, please visit the CT Green LEAF website.

Incorporated in 2010, Wilton Go Green is a 501(c)(3) created by a group of citizens eager to engage the community of Wilton, CT in sustainable initiatives.  Working closely with town government, businesses and community organizations, Wilton Go Green coordinates and supports programs to help the town become more sustainable, including a Green Speaker Series at the Wilton Library, Wilton Energy Challenge, Green Business program, and an annual Wilton Go Green Festival in May. More information can be found on the Wilton Go Green website.