“Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.”
—Native American proverb
As part of our mission to prepare students to become responsible global citizens, we emphasize environmental awareness and encourage students to be sensitive to the ways in which their behavior and their decisions impact our planet, now and in the future.
All levels explore the importance of controlling pollution and preserving the Earth’s natural resources.
We teach our students to cut down on waste by reducing, reusing, and recycling. Our teachers seize every opportunity to show children which items can be recycled, what these items are made of, and which are harmful to the environment. Students learn to calculate an individual’s carbon footprint so they can understand their personal impact on the environment.
As a school, we have reduced our environmental impact by reusing and recycling paper and recycling glass and plastic.
In Ardsley, our students took part in a three-year environmental awareness project, in association with Eco-Schools. This program focused on three main themes: water, food, and waste. In 2009, the Ardsley campus was recognized with an Eco-School label for its efforts to become a healthier and more environmentally sustainable school.