A faculty solar home, a Vestas 660kW wind turbine generator, and two "green" single-family faculty residences are located on campus.  The wind turbine stands a proud 240 feet, from the ground to the tip of the highest blade.  For its important contributions to conservation in Rhode Island, Portsmouth Abbey & School received the 2007 Environmental Merit Award by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the 2007 Conservation Award by the Garden Club of America, and the 2006 Senator John H. Chafee Award for Outstanding Conservation Project. The faculty residences were built and "unfolded" on campus by Blu Homes, a leader in eco-friendly, prefabricated homes, in September 2011. 

In addition, one of our girls' residential houses, St. Brigid's, and our newest boys' residential house, St. Martin's, employ a number of conservation features, including recycled wood and low-VOC construction materials; hot-water solar panels; flooring materials from renewable and recycled sources; energy-recovery ventilators; low-flow shower heads and toilets; and high-efficiency/low-emission Viessmann boilers.
The School's security and maintenance departments operate two electric vehicles on campus, and the School's dining services department has successfully implemented a "tray-less" dining program, a composting program, and a partnership with Newport Biodiesel (the School provides the waste cooking oil used by its dining services to Newport Biodiesel for clean-burning alternative fuel). 
Each office on campus maintains paper and plastic recycling bins, and our Portsmouth Abbey School Alumni Bulletin, the School's bi-annual magazine, is printed on FSC-certified paper, a product group from well-managed forests and other controlled sources, all to benefit the environment.



"Stewardship is a value which, like hospitality, captures the essence of Benedictine life. On a most basic level, Benedict prescribed care and reverence of material things ('treat all goods as if they were vessels of the altar'). For Benedictines, the idea that gardening tools were just as important as chalices has come to mean a total way of life which emphasizes wholeness and wholesomeness and connectedness. The body, the mind, the spirit, material things, the earth — all are one and all are to receive proper attention. All created things are God-given, and a common-sense approach to resources should prevail. Thus, Benedictine communities are ready to accept the most recent technology but will use the same bucket for thirty years. "Taking care of things" has been elevated to a virtue of surpassing value in Benedictine monasteries."

– Sister Jane Michele McClure, OSB, of the Sisters of St. Benedict, Ferdinand, Indiana.

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