The most innovative part of Berkshire School's sustainability
initiatives is the learning process involved in their implementation.
The implementation of most sustainability initiatives is led by students
in the Sustainability and Resource Managment elective and guided by
faculty and staff in the Sustainability Committee.
The students in the class are responsible for three areas: research,
operations, and networking. Students conduct background research and
risk analysis on strategies that will forward the goals of Berkshire's
campus sustainability plan. They take their information and write
proposals which are then presented to the Sustainability Committee. The
committee, made up of the Director of Physical Plant, Chief Financial
Officer, Director of Dining Services, Director of Campus Sustainability
and many other key individuals, ask questions and decide whether the
proposal is ready for implementation. Students are also iin charge of
the day-to-day operations such as recycling, composting, source
reduction, data collection, and the implementation of strategies.
Finally, students connect with other schools, businesses, government
organizations, and the local community to create a healthy dialogue
about issues in sustainability.
A more traditional education about why we need to conserve our resources
is still taught through environmental science classes and elements of
environmental stewardship are included across the academic curriculum.
Also, students can pursure their own interests throught the school's
independent study program (one student created an emissions trading
program that became the Innovative
and Experimental Solutions award-winner in the National Wildlife
Federation’s Chill Out: Campus Solutions to Global Warming nationwide
The mountain is an invaluable resource used by our community for
academic growth. The numbers on the map above are study areas used by
classes in the science department. The orange numbers represent forest
stands and the blue numbers represent water collection areas.