From classes focusing on the environment to our renowned café that serves regional, organic and seasonal food, Ross students learn to become aware of their natural surroundings. Conservation is woven into the curriculum as the School continues to change the way education meets the future.
Surrounded by acres of woodlands, farms and coastal beaches, the Ross campus is the perfect natural laboratory for learning. Core classes and electives in ornithology, field ecology, entomology, marine science, green chemistry and sustainability are supplemented by independent research, field trips and service projects which allow students to explore and develop environmentally conscious practices.
Ross Lower School encourages sustainable living practices starting with Early Childhood, as students help care for the School’s organic vegetable garden. From planting seeds to harvesting crops, students connect with the land, learn about nutrition and develop a lifelong commitment to protect the environment.
- Each year Ross students help plant and harvest some of the food served in the Ross Café. They also harvest crops for a local food bank.
- Over 50% of the food served in the Ross Café is from local farmers and businesses.
- Food scraps from the Ross Café are sent to a local farm to compost.
- Students help care for the School’s organic vegetable garden, from seeding to harvesting.
- Ross School is a member of the Green School Alliance.
- Recent student initiatives include reducing energy use on campus, establishing a recycling program on both campuses and a paper/notebook reuse program.
- Buildings on the Ross campus use geothermal heating and cooling.
- Recent Senior Projects include research on alternative fuel sources, water conservation, green architecture, sustainable living practices, organic farming and climate change.
- Ross School has reduced the number of printed materials it sends out, often relying on email and its website to deliver information.
- Paper cups have been eliminated from most water coolers, encouraging the Ross community to opt for reusable water bottles.
- Ross School was awarded a grant for $242,028 by the New York State Energy Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) to install solar panels at the Lower School.