At a ribbon-cutting ceremony on campus, Headmaster Scott Nelson officially announced the addition of Solar Panels to the roof of the Pinkham Building, the next step in the School's commitment to sustainability. The 23 kW solar panel system, which was installed over the summer above the Art Room, will generate 27,000 kWh of energy in its first year of use.
Students in AP Biology went to Edith Read Sanctuary in Rye recently to survey its beach for the Asian shore crab, a species accidently introduced into New Jersey waterways in 1988. The students are studying the population dynamics of the shore crab, which has taken over rocky beaches from Maine to North Carolina.
RCDS Sustainability Wins National Award
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, along with the Chair of White House Council on Environmental Quality Nancy Sutley and Acting Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Bob Persiacepe, announced today that Rye Country Day School had been selected as a 2013 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School. This award acknowledges the School’s achievements in taking a comprehensive approach to sustainability. The areas encompassed by the award include reduced environmental impact and costs, improved health and wellness, and effective environmental and sustainability education. The Secretary said, "I commend you for your commitment to environmental stewardship, health, and sustainability and for inspiring your entire school community to aim high. You are representative of best practices to improve achievement and equity, not only for aspiring ‘green schools’ but for all schools." RCDS is one of only 64 schools nationwide so honored this year. A recognition ceremony honoring the schools will take place on June 3 in Washington, DC.
RCDS has earned the Certified Green Restaurant designation. Read why.
The RCDS community, in conjunction with the expressed mission of Rye Country Day School, exists to foster understanding of our world around us, to act in accord with our school motto "Not for Self, but for Service" and to promote moral responsibility as citizens of the planet. The long-term goals of the committee are to create a climate of environmental awareness and to help students understand that they can effect positive and lasting change in the world by becoming life-long stewards of our planet.
Statement of Purpose:
To initiate a sustainability program that addresses conservation of resources, waste reduction and recycling,pollution prevention, and increased reliance on renewable resources.
To educate our students and community members about the need and purpose of environmental practices.
To promote individual and shared environmental responsibility within the RCDS community.
To identify avenues within the curriculum and beyond which create educational opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to teach and practice issues of sustainability.
Sustainability in Action at Rye Country Day School
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Solar panels installed on the Pinkham building during the summer of 2011