A Greener Big Apple

by NYC Firm Schools on May 12, 2009

Atlas, it's time for your bath
Creative Commons License photo credit: woodleywonderworks

Baba Dioum, a Senegalese Conservationist, wrote:

In the end,
we will conserve only what we love,
we will love only what we understand,
we will understand only what we are taught.

Because conservationism begins with the basic love of the world and everything in it, and because that love grows from an understanding and experience of that world, it is a simple deduction that conservationism should be a major framework in our educational system. To that end, the Green Schools Alliance is working tireless to make The Big Apple a Greener Apple.

The independent schools that first came together for the New York pilot, the boarding schools who first took part in the Green Cup Challenge, the public schools who first signed on as a whole school system, and the collective actions of every individual schools across this country, reflect an unprecedented demonstration of our community’s desire to address the climate change challenge head-on.
Greening our schools is a commitment, but it’s not a competition. It’s not about winners, or losers, or who gets there first, or does it best, or most. It’s about celebrating our successes, sharing our experiences and collaborating to build a community and learn together how to do it better. If there are winners and losers then we’re all losers, and we can’t afford to loose. Our survival depends on it. We are a TEAM—OUR TEAM.

GSA Membership is based on environmental leadership, and they encourage all schools – public, private and independent – to sign The Green Schools Climate Commitment and become global leaders in their own communities.

Take a moment to view the Green Schools Alliance video on our blog and see what other NYC families, students and schools are doing to change the future of New York.

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