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Green Initiatives

From classes focusing on environmental sustainability, to serving regional, organic, seasonal, and sustainable meals in the renowned Ross Café, to teaching about the history of cultures that have come and gone throughout the ages, Ross School is dedicated to preserving and protecting our planet and its inhabitants. Conservation is woven into the curriculum, and issues of sustainability are addressed in all domains and at all grade levels.

Surrounded by acres of woodlands, farms, and coastal beaches, the Ross campuses are a perfect natural learning laboratory. Core classes and electives take advantage of the site by supplementing lessons with independent research, field trips, and service projects. Organic gardens on both campuses are supported and maintained in part by students, who also learn from an early age about how humans throughout history have connected with the land. The Ross curriculum emphasizes responsible cultural and environmental stewardship, fostering a lifelong commitment to sustainability that students embrace and share as they go out into the world.

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  • 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 Schools Alliance.
  • Buildings on the Ross campus use geothermal heating and cooling.
  • Recent Senior Projects include research on alternative fuel sources, green architecture, and sustainable living practices.
  • Ross School has reduced the number of printed materials it sends out, primarily relying on email and its website to deliver information.
  • 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.