Sustainability: Notes on the Environment

Written by Peter. Posted in Civic Responsibility, Sustainability

Unity Charter School’s mission: to teach “the importance of protecting and improving the environment by educating our students on the principles of sustainability, ecology, and diversity in a way that celebrates and honors this planet and all its inhabitants.”  At Unity Charter School, the mission is embedded in our charter.  Principals of sustainability are intertwined into everyday lessons. While Unity focuses on the environment, I thought this definition of a sustainable community, from Scientific American, was worth sharing. Do you look forward to Unity Charter School’s annual science fair?  In the midwest, one teenager went beyond the school science fair and designed a device to reduce fuel consumption by school buses.  The GreenShields Project has received a lot of media attention in its local area.  It’s never too early to be an innovator. Please don’t step on the wildflowers.  Above tree level in the Adirondacks, summit stewards on the most popular peaks exhort hikers to stay to on the trail and avoid damaging fragile subalpine vegetation.  Are we exposing children to the environment in the most positive way?  David Sobel thinks there should be more touching – getting wet feet and dirty hands – and less looking.

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