Student Involvement

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.

Below, you will find the many arms of a recent project, all guided by the department with the tough work completed by the students.

Hallie and James worked on an Environmental Sustainability project that you can read about here.

See a video explanation of Hallie and James's Project Here:

Melody presented on Economic Sustainability, promoting business with local restaurants like the Marketplace Café and Village on the Green by shifting delivery service from restaurants in other towns. Reasons for this project include:

  • Reducing the carbon footprint made by our "go to" delivery services from Connecticut. These restaurants drive near 30 minutes back and forth bringing boxes and bags of food.
  • Giving students healthier food options.
  • Transferring business to the local economy.

Watch a video explanation of this project here:

Tanner promoted Social Sustainability by raising awareness of other countries and other cultures. Socially sustainable communities are equitable, diverse, connected and democratic. By listening to the experiences of our international students, Berkshire hopes to elevate a sense of inclusion for the entire community.

Watch a video explanation of this project here:

Link to Tanner's International Voices page here.

The students in the class are responsible for three areas: research, operations, and networking. Students are also in 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 competition).

The mountain is an invaluable resource used by our community for academic growth. The numbers on the map are study areas used by classes in the science department. The orange numbers represent forest stands and the blue numbers represent water collection areas.

Berkshire School

245 North Undermountain Road
 |  Sheffield, MA 01257
 |  T: 413 229 8511

Berkshire School is a co-ed, New England college preparatory boarding and day school offering a rigorous academic course of study in the northeast United States. Our campus, located in Massachusetts, has state-of-the-art academic, artistic and athletic facilities on a stunning 400-acre campus in the Berkshires.

Berkshire School received 5 out of 5 stars from over 3 Google reviews.

powered by finalsite