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Westtown School Teachers Present at the Growing Greener Summit on Earth Day

Westtown School was well represented at the Growing Greener Summit for teachers and administrators on Earth Day at Tower Hill School. Organized by ADVIS, PAISBOA, and PAIS, the Growing Greener Summit had over 180 participants.

Westtown’s Science Teacher Dana Jensen and Mary Ann Boyer of Boyer Sudduth Environmental Consultants presented “A Carbon Footprint Challenge©: A Real-World, Solutions-Based Climate Change Project” and Westtown’s Case Study. Boyer provided an overview of the program and background information. Teacher Dana shared examples of student work where students collected campus greenhouse gas emissions, identified solutions, and curated a plan to reduce emissions.

Senior Isabel Yuste also presented on her “Sustainability Deep Dive Certification and Green Coalition Project.” Green Coalition, a student-run environmental advocacy club, connects students with the natural world around them, as well as exposing students to climate justice efforts both locally and globally. Yuste described Westtown’s student-facilitated clothing swap drive that promotes “thrifting” shopping on campus instead of promoting “fast-fashion.”

Westtown’s Director of Outdoor Education, Chris Henwood-Costa, presented “Connecting Students with the Natural World – Critical Step Toward Sustainability” where she focused on outdoor experiential and sensory activities, group discussion and individual reflection. Henwood-Costa sees place-based nature connection work as a critical step toward sustainability.


Ellen Songle is the Director of Outreach Initiatives at Westtown School. She is responsible for supporting the strategic direction of the school, as well as the execution of marketing and communications strategies. She is energized by this work and has spent the last 15 years project managing and marketing events that engage clients in the educational, non-profit, corporate, and social sectors. Ellen graduated with a B.A. from the University of Richmond and has enjoyed exploring and living in many different areas of the country. Her greatest joy comes from being with her children at the beach, in the mountains, or on an outdoor adventure.

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