“Students are prepared to be informed, skilled, active and innovative community leaders who will become the environmental stewards of the future.”
At The Greene School, becoming an environmental steward is an important component of student learning and activity. Opportunities to excel in this goal occur both in school and outside of school. Projects assigned in class have included salmon release with the collaboration of a charter middle school in Providence, and a long term research project at Tillinghast Pond in Honors Biology class. With the assistance of a teacher, two students built out own waste and recycling unit for our cafeteria.
Some of our intensives are directly centered on the concept of environmental stewardship. The creation of a sustainable business model for Hillandale Farm in Westerly culminated with the students presenting a power point and discussion at the Westerly Middle School with their peers. Students also spent four nights camping at Tillinghast Pond last spring in order to assist the Nature Conservancy with trail work design, all the while learning important Leave No Trace practices.
Students in the Engineering intensive spent a week converting one of our teachers cars into one that runs on vegetable oil and it was predominately displayed at our 100 Mile Radius Dinner. During our founding year, students in the farming/agricultural intensive created an informational pamphlet on healthy eating and provided the pamphlets to people shopping at a local farmers market.
There are also many volunteer opportunities outside of school to further reinforce the notion of environmental stewardship. We have held an electronic recycling event which was also marketed to include the community at large. There was very positive feedback on the event and another one will be planned for this year. This past June of 2012, five Greene School students were included in a pilot program for teen volunteers at the Coastal Growers Market. The teens filled five different positions within the market: the information table, the market store, an eco-tent where they educated visitors about waste management, helping various vendors, and …parking. Additionally, we have assisted in Earth Day clean ups and Earth Day celebrations.
Our teachers and students are very motivated to find different ways to participate in environmental stewardship practices. It is our hope that our students will go back to their individual communities and spread the word about the importance of protecting our planet for the future. We welcome new ideas and suggestions from the community to help us in this endeavor.
~Students and staff take responsibility for their actions towards others and the environment.