Environmental Stewardship

As part of its mission to promote character, community and inquiry, St. Johnsbury Academy is committed to be a steward of the environment, both locally and globally. Environmental stewardship means that within all aspects of our institution, community members strive to make choices that reflect our commitment to the conservation of Earth’s resources and our optimism regarding young people as leaders of a sustainable future.


—From St. Johnsbury Academy’s Environmental Stewardship Mission Statement


In 2012, students and faculty collaborated in the writing of our school’s Environmental Stewardship Mission Statement, which defines our environmental values and links them to the broader mission of the Academy. The Director of Environmental Stewardship, the Environmental Stewardship Committee, the Environmental Stewardship Club, and others work together on a number of projects each year. We also have a Green Revolving Fund and an Environmental Stewardship fund in place to raise money in support of our environmental projects.

The Athenian Oath in Fuller Hall reads, “Thus in all these ways we will transmit this school not less but greater and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us.” We strive to tie this oath to our care of the environment, both on our campus and across the region.

If you wish to join this journey and support environmental stewardship at St. Johnsbury Academy, you can contact James Bentley, Director of Environmental Stewardship, join the Environmental Club or give to the school’s Environmental Stewardship Fund.

Contact the Director, James Bentley, by email at jbentley@stjacademy.org or call 802.751.2464.

Environmental Stewardship Mission Statement

As part of its mission to promote character, community and inquiry, St. Johnsbury Academy is committed to be a steward of the environment, both locally and globally. Environmental stewardship means that within all aspects of our institution, community members strive to make choices that reflect our commitment to the conservation of Earth’s resources and our optimism regarding young people as leaders of a sustainable future.

Character
  • To model and foster respect for and responsibility to the environment.
  • To distinguish between personal wants and needs
  • To hold one another accountable as stewards of the environment
Inquiry
  • To challenge individuals and groups to make informed choices based on awareness of their environmental impacts
  • To understand and reduce the impacts of the products we consume and the waste we produce
  • To identify and implement ways to repair, reuse, and recycle
Community
  • To encourage individuals to understand their relationships and responsibilities between our campus community and the larger world
  • To design and implement a plan to monitor and control campus resource usage of fossil fuels, electricity, water, and solid waste
  • To agree that effective environmental stewardship requires both institutional and individual contribution
  • To acknowledge that each individual plays an essential role in stewardship of the environment and the community

Dussault Solar System

Group net metering in Vermont allows consumers of electricity to install solar photovoltaic panels off-site and earn credits against their electricity bills. Since the SJA campus is densely developed, installing large-scale solar systems is complicated, but group net metering allows the school to develop solar off-campus, while reaping the environmental and economic benefits on campus.

Clem Dussault ‘67 approached SJA in 2013 with a vision to develop a solar system on his property in Danville that would benefit the school. Clem partnered with Rich Nichol, a local solar installer, and the Academy’s Electricity classes led by Mike Bugbee and Jeremy Roberts, and in 2014 installed the first three 5 kilowatt solar arrays with the help of Academy students. Each year, 2-3 new solar panels have been added to the project.

The vision of the Dussault solar system is to promote renewable energy by enabling SJA to teach its students about solar power through annual solar installations. Under the guidance of local professionals, students learn about solar photovoltaic systems, then actually install one that benefits their school and the environment. Follow the link below to see the system’s production data. When prompted, enter site number 1924.

> Energy Production Report

SJA is grateful to Clem Dussault and visionaries like him who wish to join us as we work to build a sustainable community here in St. Johnsbury. For further information, email James Bentley, Director of Environmental Stewardship.

Electricity students installed the 3rd array in September 2014.

Sophomore Stewardship Day

Students participate in Sophomore Stewardship Day each December and May, volunteering their time for local environmental projects such as building riparian buffers along the Passumpsic River, clearing trails for recreational use, removing tires from a large illegal tire dump in Willoughby State Forest, or removing metal debris from Sleeper’s River. Projects are researched and planned in the fall and completed in the spring.





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