We will be publishing newsletters from time to time, our most recent issue(s) is listed below.
We will also maintain an archive of important news releases that may be of interest:
Rirst GSCW Membership Conference held on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009
Teams from twenty-five Westchester County public school districts and private schools, including administrators, teachers, parents, students and facility managers, participated in the inaugural Green Schools Coalition of Westchester Membership Conference on Saturday, November 14th at the Reckson Metro Center in White Plains. The goal of this highly participatory five-hour event was to provide a venue for collaborative efforts and resource sharing for schools within the county to have a support mechanism for their sustainability plans.
Conference keynote speaker Dr. David Hursh, Associate Professor of Education at the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester shared his background and experience in sustainability education with the group, including ideas from his upcoming book, “ We All Live Downstream: Interdisciplinary Learning through Environmental Health Science.”
Conference attendance was strong from all stakeholder groups, including eight district/school superintendents / headmasters from Blind Brook, Briarcliff, Byram Hills, Hackley, Hendrick Hudson, Mamaroneck, White Plains, and Yorktown. Importantly, also in attendance were seven Directors of Business and Facilities. Total registration included 120 participants.
For more conference details, including photos, read the full press release.
Leadership Briefing for Superintendents and Headmasters held on Oct. 1
GSCW’s first meeting was a tremendous success! More than fifty Westchester school leaders, including four high school students, attended the October 1st two-hour briefing at the New York Power Authority building in White Plains. Highlights of the meeting included inspirational presentations by Dr. McGill, Scarsdale Superintendent; Dr. Frances Wills, Briarcliff Superintendent; Dr. Karen Benedict, Katonah Lewisboro Deputy Superintendent; and Mr. Peter McAndrew, Hackley School Finance Director.
Members of the GSCW Founding Committee discussed the formation of the Coalition, our mission, our goals, survey results, and how we can support individual schools and districts. Look below for the power point presentation shown at the meeting and Oct. 7th Letter from Steve Frantz, Director, GSCW, which will fill you in on many details about GSCW.
Green Schools Coalition Survey Results
A sustainability snapshot of Westchester schools was taken over the spring and summer of 2009 via an on-line Green Schools Coalition Survey. Sixty three (63) public schools districts/schools and independent schools responded and proved that a level of seriousness about sustainability already exists and at varying levels of development. The Survey Results provide insights into how schools are tackling climate change issues from a facility, budgetary, policy, curriculum and community-wide approach and demonstrate why so many administrators, teachers, parents and students are interested in sharing resources and partnering together.