Mount Desert Island High School Sustainability Initiatives
Bar Harbor, Maine
The students, faculty, and administration at Mount Desert Island High School are serious about sustainability. Mount Desert Island High School was the first high school in Maine to go completely solar-powered in the fall of 2019 with the installation of the over 1,400 solar panels on the roof of their building. The school has also implemented a rigorous curriculum focusing on issues surrounding the environment and climate change, with over 50% of students taking at least one course which has a focus on the climate, human impacts on the environment, or designing climate solutions and the requirement that all incoming freshman will graduate having had to consider the environmental issues facing the planet. Mount Desert Island High School was named as a Green Ribbon School by the US Department of Education in recognition of these achievements.
Read more in the school’s Green Ribbon package here: https://www.greenstrides.org/sites/default/files/webform/nomination-package-290.pdf