The history of the Academy is rooted in environmentalism. Our campus is a living laboratory for learning sustainability.


  • We boast one of the world’s largest closed loop geothermal heating and cooling system, comprised of over 950 wells, which continuously recycles natural water to heat and cool the entire campus.

Buildings and Grounds

  • Architect Aaron Green created the campus using organic architecture, a design philosophy in which natural building materials are used, and buildings are integrated into, and become part of, the natural landscape.
  • Academy founder Chico Sabbah hired an environmental arborist to identify rare trees and plants to be preserved throughout the breathtaking campus.
  • Each of the school’s 26 buildings is crowned with a skylight, manufactured in Israel, both saving energy and stimulating emotional well-being.
  • The Gardens of Israel, designed by students, bloom with grapes, vegetables, and trees that are cared for by students and staff, and fed by compost created from kitchen waste.
  • Our 100 acre (40 hectare) campus is a wildlife refuge, where we see wild deer, fox, groundhogs, dozens of varieties of birds, and other animal life.


  • We have the only high school laboratory dedicated to plant science and ecology



  • The Academy kitchen uses locally grown and organic produce where available.
  • The Dining Services compost facility creates tons of organic fertilizer used throughout the campus.



  • The campus network allows students to turn in assignments and term papers electronically. When printing is required, our printers’ default settings save ink and paper.
  • The Academy recycles paper-products campus wide, and bins are placed throughout campus to promote the practice.


Alternative Transportation

  • Nearly all of the Academy’s 100 acre (40 hectare) campus is restricted to pedestrian traffic, and the school makes extensive use of electric powered vehicles to reduce the school’s carbon footprint.
  • The Facilities Department has converted their fleet to propane, the preferred alternative engine fuel that both reduces costs and lowers emissions.
The American Hebrew Academy is the only Jewish School in the U.S. to receive the Green Ribbon Award by the U.S. Department of Education. The Academy was honored for our comprehensive approach to reducing environmental impact, promoting health and ensuring a high-quality environmental and outdoor education.