One of the hallmark catchphrases of our time is “eco-friendly,” also known as “green.” These terms are used to designate an institution that is environmentally conscious, or a product whose manufacturer considered the environmental impact that product would have. Organizations that have taken steps to reduce their carbon footprint and to make policies that help the environment are known as “eco-friendly.” That includes private schools.
The Green Schools Alliance is a group that was set up to allow eco-friendly private, independent and public schools around the country an opportunity to network with each other. Membership is FREE and based on a commitment of environmental leadership. Currently, 1951 schools are members.
Launched on Earth Day in 2007, the alliance was started when New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg asked New Yorkers to take a stand on the environment. Many NYC private schools did.
The Riverdale Country School, for instance, is one New York City private school that has made it a point to seek eco-friendly ways to educate its students. The school built a football field out of a synthetic material using cork and coconut fiber.
Calhoun and Friends Seminary both feed students locally grown eco-friendly food. Students at Calhoun also take cooking classes that teach them the importance of protecting the environment through their food choices.
If you are looking for a New York City school that is mission-minded and bent on helping the environment while teaching students how important it is to live their lives in an eco-friendly fashion, then we suggest starting with schools within The Green Schools Alliance. Examine this list of schools that are members of the alliance, and when you interview at these private schools, be sure to ask how they are reducing their carbon footprint. If your child already attends one of these schools, we hope that you will learn more about the school’s actions to fulfill their environmental leadership.
Here are NYC GSA independent and private schools:
- Allen-Stevenson School, Manhattan
- Bank Street School for Children, Manhattan
- Berkeley Carroll School, Brooklyn
- The Blue School, Manhattan
- Brearley School, Manhattan
- The British International School, Manhattan
- Brooklyn Heights Montessori School, Brooklyn
- Browning School, Manhattan
- Caedmon School, Manhattan
- Calhoun School, Manhattan
- Chapin School, Manhattan
- Church of Epihany Community Day, Manhattan
- Churchill School, Manhattan
- Collegiate School, Manhattan
- Convent of the Sacred Heart, Manhattan
- Dalton School, Manhattan
- Dwight School, Manhattan
- Epiphany Community Nursery School, Manhattan
- Ethical Culture Fieldston School, Bronx/Manhattan
- Friends Seminary, Manhattan
- Grace Church School, Manhattan
- Hewitt School, Manhattan
- Horace Mann School, Bronx
- Little Red School House & Elizabeth Irwin HS, Manhattan
- Lycee Francais de New York, Manhattan
- The Mandell School, Manhattan
- Manhattan Country School, Manhattan
- Marymount School, Manhattan
- Nightingale-Bamford School, Manhattan
- Packer Collegiate Institute, Brooklyn
- Poly Prep Country Day School, Brooklyn
- Reece School, Manhattan
- Riverdale Country School, Bronx
- Rodeph Sholom School, Manhattan
- Spence School, Manhattan
- Town School, Manhattan
- Trevor Day School, Manhattan
- Trinity School, Manhattan
- United Nations International School, Manhattan
- Village Community School, Manhattan
- Winston Preparatory School, Manhattan
Of course, there are many, many more NYC private, religious, and independent schools. We hope see this list expand over the course of the next year.