April 20, 2010
What is happening thisweek?
Take a look at the Darrow School in New Lebanon, NY. Nestled in the Berkshires and founded 80 years ago, sustainability has been a major part of the school’s cirriculum for decades. The Shaker legacy provides the foundation for the school and student body to focus on energy efficiency and an educational focus and committment to sustainability.
Darrow’s “Living Machine” has been treating wastewater and returning it to the local watershed for ten years. More importantly, for decades students have been learning through a “hands on” approach about sustainability. Many graduates are involved in positions at various sustainable industries.
And, Darrow, will soon have wind turbines to take advantage of the wind generated on the mountains nearby. As part of the cirriculum and outreach to the communituy, there is a sustainability symposium today, as announced in the Albany Times Union:
Or, to see what the school really does, go to their website: http://www.darrowschool.org
I sit on the school’s board of trustees so I probably sound like a proud parent, but nonetheless, this is a good indication that global awareness for sustainability is rising throughout the world. And, it’s starting in the classroom, of all places…in a town with a population of 1,533.
Sometimes big ideas start in small places…