FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2022 • 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Tower Hill School, 2813 W 17th St., Wilmington, DE


Educators from around the region are invited to Growing Greener - An Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability Summit for Independent Schools, on April 22, 2022, to share inspiration and actionable ideas for incorporating green initiatives in their curricula, operations, and school life. Faculty and staff will hear from experts and gain knowledge from one another during workshops on a range of topics such as student environmental leadership, ways to talk about climate change with young children and examples of how schools and organizations are making positive change.
Students are passionate about the environment, and their idealism, along with their abilities to think critically and creatively, will shape the future. Schools have the responsibility to provide the space and resources for students to actualize and implement their ideas on campus and in the larger community.
EARLY BIRD RATE: On or before February 28, 2022 • $45 per person
STANDARD RATE: After March 1, 2022 • $60 per person
REGISTRATION/REFUND DEADLINE: Online registration closes on April 8. Call-in registrations after April 8 will be taken on a space-available basis. No refunds for cancellations after April 8. Payment should be made by check or credit card in advance of the program.


  • 9:30 AM ~ Check-in & Continental Breakfast ~ The Hub
  • 10:00 AM ~ Welcome and Introductions ~ DuPont Theater
  • 10:15 AM to 11:00 AM ~ Opening Keynote, Darron Collins ~ DuPont Theater
  • 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM ~ Concurrent Workshops ~ Various locations
  • 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM ~ Lunch ~ Kullman Commons
  • 1:15 PM to 2:15 PM ~ Concurrent Workshops ~ Various Locations
  • 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM ~ Concurrent Workshops ~ Various Locations

Darron Collins, President, College of the Atlantic
Darron Collins is a 1992 graduate of College of the Atlantic and in July 2011 became the seventh president of COA and the first alumnus to hold that position. 
Prior to coming back to COA, Collins managed international conservation projects at World Wildlife Fund (WWF) for a decade. After four years of work in the Amazon Basin, he was asked to lead the organization’s strategic planning process. During the later half of his career at WWF, Darron served as managing director for the Amur-Heilong Ecoregion—encompassing parts of Russia, Mongolia, and China—and as senior advisor to the organization’s CEO.
Collins holds a PhD in anthropology from Tulane University. His doctoral research and academic work is based on the ethnobotany of the Q’eqchi’-Maya in northern Guatemala. He has also conducted investigative reporting of the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, worked on leopard conservation on the Russia-North Korea border, and has written, produced, and directed the award-winning documentary, “Amur River Basin: Sanctuary for the Mighty Taimen.” As a COA student, he received both the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and the coveted Watson Foundation Fellowship, funding a year of travel outside the United States. Fluent in Spanish and Q’eqchi’-Maya, Collins has numerous publications to his name, both in scientific journals and popular media.
A native of Morris Plains, New Jersey, Collins is an avid fly-fisherman, cyclist, hiker, and trail runner. He lives in Bar Harbor with his wife, Karen and their black Lab named Lucy. Karen and Darron have two college-aged daughters, Maggie and Molly. 

This program is generously supported by funding from Event Underwriters Hord Coplan Macht and Boyer Sudduth.

COVID Safety Guidelines: Attendees agree to comply with all COVID-19 guidelines and protocols, including distancing and/or masking, that may be implemented by the event hosts in accordance with recommendations from the CDC and other public health authorities. The COVID-19 protocols will be communicated closer to the event and based on the status of COVID at that time. As COVID-19 guidelines continue to shift, will keep you apprised of any decisions or changes. Thank you so much for working with us as we strive to provide a safe learning environment, and for your flexibility and understanding as we navigate returning to the in-person events that are so important to the fabric of the PAIS, ADVIS, PAISBOA, and Tower Hill communities.