Grace Ranks #8 Nationally in EPA's List of Green Power Users
Grace Church School topped the list of schools in New York City in the EPA's recently released list
of the largest green power users among all K-12 school partners. Further, GCS currently ranks #8 nationally, up two spots each year for the previous two years.
Notably, 100% of the nearly 2.4 million kilowatts of energy the school used last year came from wind power. Relying on purely renewable energy to power the school is not only a reflection of the institution’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint but has also led to a significant decrease in how much is spent on purchasing energy.
For over a decade, GCS has participated in programs that increase its use of renewable energy sources, including the EPA’s Green Power Partnership. In an effort to save energy and curb city-wide usage, the school participates in energy curtailment programs during high volume periods. The school is an active member of the city recycling and composting program with the New York Association of Independent Schools and the Green Schools Alliance. GCS is firmly committed to educating the community about behavioral changes that can reduce energy use.
The school's commitment to green power compliments a curriculum focused on the environment and energy in science classes, 7th and 9th grade sustainability classes and high school lab day classes. In addition, the school has a high school service learning program that encourages students to work on environmentally-minded projects.