About Us

Stewardship Team

Bern Hoffmann '86
Environmental Sustainability Coordinator
(703) 873-5549

Albert Pingree '00
Environmental Studies Coordinator
(703) 873-5534

Environmental Stewardship

From its founding, Potomac recognized that nature is the most eloquent teacher. The School's mission, curriculum and the very design of its buildings, old and new, reflect the importance Potomac places on students' contact with nature.

T o refocus and continue Potomac's commitment to the diverse natural benefits of our 90 acres, Potomac created an office of Stewardship, Sustainability and Outdoor Education. Potomac, as a K-12 school on one campus, is uniquely poised to lead the kind of environmental consciousness that links the joy one experiences in nature with the imperative of stewardship.

Learning sound environmental practices beginning in kindergarten, students will develop habits of thinking and living that sustain them in their environment. 

Our Mission:

  • Encouraging purposeful use of campus by teachers and students.
  • Developing and implementing innovative environmental and stewardship strategies.
  • Providing information and resources pertaining to environmental best practices in a K-12 community.
  • Coordinating efforts to integrate new comprehensive environmental and stewardship initiatives into curriculum.

Green April at Potomac

Four events that reflect the Potomac community’s love of nature and commitment to environmental stewardship are planned for the month of April.

April 1-30: E-waste Collection

Potomac will collect old electronics for recycling. Send in smaller items (phones, cords, laptops, etc.) with your children on the bus. In addition, on Saturday,April 16, larger items (TVs, computers, printers, etc.) can be dropped off in front of EPAC between 10:00 am and 2:30 pm.

April 8: Screen on the Green

The Students for Environmental Action (SEA) club will host a free, eco-conscious viewing of a K-12 appropriate film (TBD) on the US Quad from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. Come out with blankets, lawn chairs, a reusable water bottle, and money to purchase drinks and snacks. Proceeds support the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

April 16: Stewardship Day

Beginning at 10:00 am, volunteers will meet in front of the US East Building for a day spent caring for and playing on the school's 90-acre campus. The focus will be on the US Green Roof and campus gardens. Lunch will be provided for all participants. For more information, contact Sustainability Coordinator Bern Hoffmann '86.

April 20: Earth Day

Potomac's student and parent environmental groups will host the annual Farmers Market from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm. For purchase at the market will be seedlings ($0.50-$1.50), fresh fruit and vegetable snacks ($0.25 - $0.75), and baked goods ($0.50-$1.00).