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2017 Green Up New England Challenge Winners 


Epiphany School Greenhouse & Garden Education Program

Dorchester, Mass.

An independent, tuition-free middle school for children who come from economically disadvantaged families, who have been abused and neglected or who have experienced homelessness, the Epiphany School is weaving gardening and energy-efficiency into the fabric of the school with its standout Greenhouse and Garden Education Program.

Over the past five years, Epiphany has transformed dramatically with a wide array of innovative green practices, from transitioning the meal program from frozen to fresh food to installing a 25-kilowatt solar power array on the schoolhouse roof. By composting in the last school year, Epiphany recycled 4.28 tons of food waste, saving 73 mature trees,1.982 gallons of oil, and 29,690 gallons of water.

In the fall of 2016, the school launched a Green Club that brings students and teachers together to collaborate on cooking and gardening activities. And for the 2017-2018 school year, Epiphany plans to expand its program, with a 1,000-square foot greenhouse, 15-20 raised beds, and edible landscaping throughout the property. With these facilities, the school will involve all children, families, and staff at Epiphany (over 300 people) in this work and invite community members and organizations to work with them.


Winner of the best Waste Reduction program:
* Charter Oak IB Academy for their Deep Roots program
* And Kimball Union Academy for their Food Waste Pork Project
Winner of the the best Energy Reduction program:
* Inter Lakes School District for their Solar/Pellet/LED program
* And Campbell High School for their Campbell Recycling Advocacy Project
Winner of the best Green Community Practices:
* Lincoln-Sudbury HS Environmental Club
* And The Compass School
Winner of the Best Green School Practices:
* Andover Public Schools
* And the Environmental Eagles