South Kent School earns green honor

South Kent School recently placed third among northeast boarding schools in the nationwide Green Cup Challenge (, achieving an 11 percent reduction in electricity use at the school.

The goal of the interscholastic competition, which involves over 100 schools across the United States, is to raise awareness about energy and resource conservation.

During the four-week challenge, schools tracked their electricity use and compared that to their average usage for the same period over the previous three years.

Among the school's residential buildings, Gilder Hall showed the largest improvement, reducing usage by 15 percent.

Mike Benjamin, South Kent's Director of Sustainability, teaches science and directs the school's ambitious efforts to become more environmentally sustainable and promote environmental stewardship at the school and in the surrounding community.

His students monitor water quality in nearby Hatch Pond, conduct local biological inventories, and research environmental issues on the 130 acre property recently made available to the school.

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