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A Greener Prospect Sierra

Practicing Responsibility for the Natural World

For more than a decade, Prospect Sierra has been a school leader in green curriculum and practices. We know that how we treat the earth is connected to how we treat each other.

We’re responsible for the impact we have on our environment and we teach our students the importance of doing so.

A photovoltaic system on each campus. A reduction of 47% of solid waste from landfill. Converting 4000 square feet of asphalt to green space. Creating two outdoor classrooms and a second school garden. They’re just a few examples of the steps we’ve taken to reduce our carbon footprint.

In addition to our goal of reaching carbon neutrality for all of our school operations, we’ve integrated ecoliteracy throughout our K-8 curriculum. We want students to understand how ecosystems function and learn to contribute to sustainable communities. Our faculty participated in a year-long series of professional development sessions, aimed at learning about ecoliteracy and applying it to curriculum.

This past summer a group of faculty and staff attended a week-long intensive study of permaculture at the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center and received their permaculture design certification. They’ll share their learning with the entire community, deepening everyone’s understanding of our interconnectedness with the natural world.