Earlier this year, the No Child Left Inside Act of 2009 was introduced in both houses of Congress. The bill offers federal incentives to schools that adopt environmental literacy and outdoor educational opportunities for students and professional development for teachers. A number of schools across the country already have environmental programs integrated into their curricula.
For today’s “next green thing” segment, we're talking with two private high schools with different approaches for integrating sustainable practices into their academic programs. At The Meeting School in Rindge, New Hampshire, students get a front row seat to the life cycle by working on the school's organic farm. In addition to academic courses, students and staff live together and prepare meals for each other. Ann Miller is communications director at The Meeting School.
Brian Palm is Director of Sustainability and head of the science department at Brooks School in North Andover, Massachusetts. This spring, the school launched Green Life Brooks with a new green science building and a pilot program that puts a face on campus energy consumption with a high tech solution for monitoring energy use.
Brooks School's Polar Bear energy monitor
(photo courtesy of The Meeting School)