James Bentley, director of Environmental Stewardship at St. Johnsbury Academy, spoke recently at the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) conference in Boston, Mass. He joined two other sustainability directors, Frank Barros of King Low Heywood Thomas School of Stamford, Conn., and Katrina Linthorst Homan of Choate Rosemary Hall of Wallingford, Conn., to present on Measuring Best Practices in Environmental Sustainability.
Bentley was invited to present due to SJA's involvement with the Protostar management metric, a certification system for campus sustainability. SJA earned a Protostar bronze rating in 2014, joining Choate Rosemary Hall, Northfield Mount Herman in Massachusetts, Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, and The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey as Protostar rated secondary schools.
Bentley said, "NAIS recognizes that St. Johnsbury Academy has become an innovator in environmental stewardship in independent schools. Thanks to the trustees, alumni, administration, staff, teachers, and students, especially in our great Career and Technical Education programs, for their work in promoting environmental stewardship in recent years."
Academy Headmaster Tom Lovett said, "James's presentation highlighted two things about which we can all be proud: our entire school community has stepped up and made environmental stewardship a core value -- something increasingly important these days -- and James has positioned himself as a leading voice on a national stage in making schools more environmentally sustainable. We are very fortunate to have someone with his enthusiasm and energy driving our efforts."