ONE OF THE MOST ENERGY EFFICIENT CAMPUSES IN PRINCETON
Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart recently completed the installation of more than 700 solar panels that provides the campus with electricity from a renewable source. This green initiative helps reduce the school’s carbon footprint as well as emissions, and classifies Princeton Academy as one of the most energy efficient campuses in the Princeton area. “Since its founding in 1999, Princeton Academy has been committed to environmentally sustainable design that reduces the school’s carbon footprint," said Headmaster Rik Dugan. “This solar project is just one of several initiatives we have undertaken in the past few years.”
In 2013, Princeton Academy completed a $12 million renovation to the interior of its academic and administrative spaces, which included the digging and installation of 40 geothermal wells - providing its students with a more environmentally conscious learning environment. The geothermal installation was the cornerstone project of the renovation and built to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards.
Thirty of the school’s 50-acre campus consist of a meadow where several species of animals reside, and is mowed only twice a year to preserve their natural habitat. Princeton Academy also maintains a geodesic dome (greenhouse) that requires no manmade heating input. The McPherson Athletic and Convocation Center (MACC) was partially built into the ground to take advantage of passive geothermal heat transfer.
A COMMITMENT TO THE FUTURE OF THE ACADEMY
Dugan explains, “With a long-term goal of net zero energy consumption, it takes a team effort to maintain diligence in this responsibility. Our students, faculty and staff are very aware of the part they play.” Dugan points to the 2013 installation of water fountains outfitted to fill reusable water bottles, which were a gift to everyone on campus when the renovations were complete. “The fountains each have a register that displays the number of plastic water bottles saved as a result of using the reusable bottles. To date we have saved nearly 40,000 plastic bottles. Our boys are very proud of this accomplishment – and are well hydrated!”