When the teachers, students and staff at Savannah Country Day School won the prestigious Green Flag Award from the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), it was not immediately obvious just how special an honor they had received.
The Green Flag Awards recognize the greenest schools in the world. But until this year, no American school had claimed the prize. The Eco-Schools USA program counts nearly 500 schools and some 205,000 students among its participants, but none had achieved the program’s highest honor until now.
Savannah Country Day has been part of the NWF's Eco-Schools program for several years. To win the first American Green Flag, the school -- which completed a Silver LEED-certified lower school building in 2008 -- tackled a variety of sustainability projects, including lunchroom recycling and composting programs, a robust vegetable garden, environmental current events coursework and a curriculum that includes regular "outdoor classroom" time.
SAGE Dining Services, which just completed its first year as the school's dining service provider, directly supports these programs by actively participating in recycling and composting, and by using produce from the school garden in our menus.
SAGE is an enthusiastic partner with Savannah Country Day in all of the sustainability efforts under way. Congratulations to the entire school community!
Learn more about the school's award here.