for Now and the Future

Foster a culture
of sustainability.

Miss Porter’s School actively champions and makes decisions to encourage best practices to improve our overall ecological footprint in our community. 

Our community strives to leave this place better than we found it as we practice being good environmental stewards while keeping the history of our school alive.

We believe upgrading and renovating existing spaces is a better way to steward resources and address climate concerns than building new structures.” – Michael Bergin, Chief Financial and Operating Officer

By the Numbers
plastic water bottles
kept out of landfills
0 K
kWh generated by solar
panels since 2020
0 K
reduction in heating oil
use over 13 years
0 %
native plant species on campus
square feet added without
new construction since 2007
bees in the campus apiary colony
0 K
Institutional Efforts

As we continue to re-think existing spaces, we look to save energy and conserve natural resources — the backbone of our efforts.

  • LED lighting
  • Charging stations for electric vehicles
  • Investment in solar
  • Retention Pond with water loving vegetation to prevent flooding
  • Underground stormwater retention to store and filter sediment and debris
  • Low-E window glazing to reduce energy loss
  • Vestibules, air locks, and air curtains
  • Digitally automated controls for lighting
  • European Copper Beech tree repurposed into lobby and art gallery benches
  • Wood boards from original hotel re-made into campus furniture
  • Original brick and white oak floors refinished for reuse
  • Sustainable building materials
  • Food-waste composting
  • Leaf/debris composting
  • On-campus apiary
  • Digitally automated controls for heating, and cooling
  • Variable kitchen exhaust fans controlled by temperature sensors
  • Modern HVAC systems
  • Cleaner heating methods
Student Initiatives

Students are actively involved in and out of the classroom, and on and off campus in sustainable work to better our environment. Student initiatives are deliberately varied and purposeful in both academic settings and out in the world. Porter’s philosophy is intentional in students understanding what role they can play in global efforts to address climate change.

Porter’s interdisciplinary academic programming allows students to learn in the classroom and experience hands-on conservation in real time. The Advanced Interdisciplinary Seminar (AIS) – Costa Rica: Culture of Conservation is the perfect blend that allows students to see the impact and encourages them to think about how they can continue to make positive changes for the future. This topic is also one of Porter’s six Pressing Problems, with supporting academic programming across disciplines.


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