Project Green Space
In the spring of 2015, Salisbury Academy launched Project Green Space, an initiative to enhance the school’s outdoor learning environment while developing conservation-minded students and an energy-efficient and low-waste school facility.
"Project Green Space is a movement. It's a prioritization of nature, both in terms of reducing school waste and using our resources as efficiently as possible, and in continuing to develop essential outdoor learning curriculum," shares Head of School Beverly Fowler.
Since launching Project Green Space, Salisbury Academy has:
* earned recognition as an N.C. Green School of Promise, making it one of just 12 Green Schools in the state.
* formed close ties with Catawba College Center for the Environment and other local farms and organizations invested in sustainability, including Two Pigs Farm, The Rowan Redbuds Society and Bread Riot.
* increased students' environmental literacy through a wide variety of inquiry-based, hands-on science explorations.
* rolled out an LED lighting conversion to significantly reduce the school's carbon footprint.
SA's Outdoor Learning Space of the Future
Salisbury Academy completed an in-depth assessment by N.C. State's Natural Learning Initiative to transform the school grounds into an experiential outdoor classroom. The detailed plans for phase one of the Outdoor Learning Space of the Future are being rolled out currently. Features of the Outdoor Learning Space of the Future will include walking trails, a STEAM learning center, a dry creek bed, a stage, an amphitheater, discovery gardens, wetlands and a wealth of native trees, plants, and grasses.
The Outdoor Learning Space of the Future will be a space that connects children with nature, encourages them to take risks, and inspires students to investigate, explore, analyze and create. This space will be utilized by both Salisbury Academy and the community at large, whether through nature-based workshops, family days, or even as a field trip site for other schools.
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Salisbury Academy incorporates environmental education into our science curriculum across all grade levels. With the new integration of the North American Association for Environmental Education Standards and the North Carolina Environmental Literacy Plan, students are able to connect environmental concepts with outdoor learning experiences. These inquiry-based opportunities help grow scientific process skills, provide understanding of current environmental issues, and offer service learning experiences beyond the classroom walls.
A healthy lifestyle through increased movement, garden-based nutrition and outdoor play is promoted through Salisbury Academy's wellness culture. Outdoor play is encouraged in all grades JK-8 and healthy eating is encouraged school-wide. The establishment of the school's edible garden allows students to study the importance of eating locally grown products, free of pesticides.
Salisbury Academy has successfully been named an N.C. Green School, one of just 12 in the state.
Applying for the recognition was a year-long process and one that required the teamwork of students and staff. Categories through which the academy was evaluated include culture and community, school sustainability, healthy schools and curriculum integration. Read more about SA becoming an N.C. Green School.
SA's Student-Led Green Initiatives
Our student-led initiatives make a large impact on both the school community and the community at large. Successful green initiatives at SA have included the establishment of a thriving school garden, rainwater collection and trash/compost sorting systems, and other conservation efforts.