Today we’d like to introduce you to Trevor Day School, a Pre-K through Grade 12 independent day school located in New York City. With more than 800 students in a coeducational setting, this college preparatory school has campuses on the Upper East Side and the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Trevor seeks to educate its students “to achieve academic and personal excellence in an inquiry-driven, idea-rich community. Trevor celebrates diversity of thought, experiences, and culture; promotes compassion, collaboration, courage, and creativity; and develops in children a recognition of their own unique potential as lifelong learners and leaders who act as responsible global citizens in our world.” Trevor’s commitment to sustainability is evident inside and outside the classroom. Jaimie Cloud has been working with the school since 2009, providing training and resources to help the school integrate Education for Sustainability across grade levels and academic disciplines. A member of the Green Schools Alliance, Trevor recently built a LEED Gold Middle and Upper School Campus. Sustainability at Trevor is a team effort as many stakeholders take an active role in supporting the school’s green practices. The maintenance department uses green materials and the food service team works with students and faculty on recycling and composting. At the Lower School, students are in charge of recycling paper, while the Fuzzy Greens, an Upper School student-led club, is devoted to raising awareness and positive action in the school community.
Jaimie Cloud, founder and president of the Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education, begins most projects with the following questions:
"What kind of future do we want? What do we want to sustain? For whom? For how long? .... And what does education have to do with it?
A fundamental part of the Cloud Institute’s mission is to inspire young people to think deeply about their relationship with the environment and to empower them to influence it. The Cloud Institute’s Framework for Education for Sustainability demonstrates the interdependence between students, educators, school systems, and communities at large. In order to achieve its mission, the Cloud Institute has embedded research-driven knowledge, skills, attitudes and habits of mind into the Education for Sustainability (EfS) Standards and Performance Indicators.