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Published on March 7, 2008

Author: Abhil


The Greening of Head-Royce :  The Greening of Head-Royce One School’s Journey Toward Sustainability CAIS January 26, 2008 Green Panel :  Green Panel Paul Chapman: Head of School Dan Kammen: HRS Parent, UCB Professor, IPCC Member Jennifer Brakeman: Science Department Member; Green Council Leader Crystal Land: Assistant Head/Academic Dean, Curriculum Council Chair Alejo’s Story:  Alejo’s Story Invitation to the US Environmental Club Deborah Moore, Green Schools Initiative Dan Kammen Briefs the Board An Inconvenient Truth Galvanizes Change Organizing the Green Council Lessons Learned: The Power of the Individual, the Power of the Team Green Schools Initiative:  Green Schools Initiative Our Green Goals: Sustainable Resources, a Healthy Environment, an Ecological Curriculum, Nutritional Food :  Our Green Goals: Sustainable Resources, a Healthy Environment, an Ecological Curriculum, Nutritional Food The School develops programs in these areas in order to: • Use resources in a sustainable way, by utilizing energy efficiently and by incorporating clean, renewable technologies in existing buildings and in new construction. • Ensure that the School environment is as free as possible from toxic substances or harmful chemicals. • Develop the educational program to emphasize ecological sustainability, environmental health, nutrition, personal responsibility and leadership. • Create a healthy educational community by offering nutritional food on campus, by expanding the on-campus green schoolyard garden program, and by participating in the farm-to-school program. • Urge the wider School community — faculty, administration, staff, parents, and alumni—to embrace the effort to pursue sustainable living practices. • By teaching our students to be stewards of their communities, the earth and its resources, we strive to educate the next generation of leaders to make a difference in improving the environment for humanity. Leadership from Above :  Leadership from Above The mission of The Head-Royce School is to inspire in our students a lifelong love of learning and exuberance for academic excellence, to promote understanding of and respect for the diversity that makes our society strong, and to encourage constructive and responsible, global citizenship. Founded in 1887, Head-Royce is an independent, college-preparatory, coeducational, non-denominational, K-12 school, which offers a challenging educational program. The School nurtures the development of the whole child through a program that seeks: * to develop intellectual abilities such as scholarship and disciplined, critical thinking; * to foster in each student integrity, ethical behavior, compassion, and a sense of humor; * to promote responsibility and leadership, an appreciation of individual and cultural differences, and a respect for the opinions of others; * to nurture aesthetic abilities such as creativity, imagination, musical, and visual talent; and * to encourage joyful, healthy living, a love of nature, and physical fitness. HRS Green Mission:  HRS Green Mission As part of its mission to prepare global citizens, the Head-Royce School is committed to being a Green School. Aware of the significant environmental challenges we face in the 21st century, our School strives to be a leader in demonstrating how to establish a more sustainable way of living. As part of its green schools initiative, Head-Royce is committed to providing a healthy environment for students and staff while promoting ecological sustainability. Approved by Board of Trustees, 10/06 Greening the Campus: Our Master Plan:  Greening the Campus: Our Master Plan Investing in Sustainability:  Investing in Sustainability US Green Building Council LEED Certification: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Nov. 2006: Board decides to become one of first LEED certified schools Board of Trustees authorizes funding: LEED $250K, Solar $300K, Café $500K We Got the Power!:  We Got the Power! Andrew Wentworth’s senior project on solar energy, May 2006 Board approves plan with funding for 412 solar panels, 60kW, Nov. 2006 We Flipped the Switch! January 2008 The Results 35% School’s electricity covered annually An entire generation educated and inspired to live more sustainably. The Green Team:  The Green Team Focus on the Four Rs: Reduce Reuse Recycle Rot Our Trash Audit: 50 tons to landfill Redirecting our waste The Green Teams Focus on the Four Rs: Reduce Reuse Recycle Rot Our Trash Audits: 50 tons to landfill last year. 50% reduction in a year! Redirecting our waste Water bottle initiative Water usage education Chico Bag sale Community education Ethical debate Assembly speakers Green Business Certification:  Green Business Certification Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling Energy Conservation Water Conservation Pollution Prevention HRS Third School in Alameda Co. to Become a Green Business Lessons learned: we’ve come a long way, and we still have a long way to go. Inspirational. Thanks to our Friends: Park Day School, Berkwood Hedge Green Days:  Green Days Green Teams Engage Students US Green Day Conference Brings 40 Speakers to Campus for Sustainability MS Green Team Screens Inconvenient Truth LS Spring Musical Celebrates the Elements Greening the Curriculum:  Greening the Curriculum The Principles of Ecological Literacy Education for sustainability requires, in addition to environmental knowledge, the acquisition of particular skills, values, and vision needed to put that knowledge into practice. Education for sustainable living cultivates competencies of head, heart, hands, and spirit to enable children to develop toward becoming citizens capable of designing and maintaining sustainable societies. Adapted with permission from the Center for Ecoliteracy, Berkeley, CA and Ecological Literacy: Educating our Children for a Sustainable World (SF: Sierra Club Books, 2005) Green Readings for Faculty:  Green Readings for Faculty Opening faculty in-service with Dan Kammen and faculty led discussions Summer Reading Project to inform faculty of environmental issues and develop classroom connections Field Notes From a Catastrophe: Kolbert Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: Kingsolver How Much is Enough?: Durning Omnivore’s Dilemma: Pollan Partnership: Center for Ecoliteracy:  Partnership: Center for Ecoliteracy Frijtof Capra’s principles of ecology: networks, nested systems, cycles, flows, development, dynamic balance Develop understanding of “green curriculum”;expand definition of ecological literacy Full-faculty meetings devoted to connecting theory and practice K-12 curricular audit: examine current curriculum, make recommendations for change, work with CEL to strengthen program Ideas for Programmatic Change: Big and Small:  Ideas for Programmatic Change: Big and Small “I’ve never tasted a yellow tomato!” First Grader Small: 1st grade tomato boxes; 2nd Grade creek project; River of Words poetry project; Divisional trash audits; recyclable art; environmental research projects in Spanish Big: Entire courses focused on sustainability: Global Systems Science, Environmental Product Design, Ethics of Food; Environmental History of Europe A new way of thinking about connecting ecological literacy to the classroom Rethinking School Lunch:  Rethinking School Lunch A Day On the Hill With Barbara Lee Alice Waters’ Edible Schoolyard Project Michael Pollan Speaks Our Great Healthy Food Program Redesigning and Funding Our Café How Our Garden Grows A Network for Change:  A Network for Change CAIS Sustainability Group: Bentley, Castilleja, and Marin Country Day Green Schools Initiative, Seven Steps to a Green School, NAIS, Spring 2008 Marin Green Schools Alliance Bay Area Teachers Development Center/Center for Ecoliteracy Workshop, June, August 2008 Bill McKibbin, Fight Global Warming Now (2007): Make it credible, snappy, collaborative, necessary, creative, fun, wired, seductive, and to last

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