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Developing a Curriculum for the Climate Crisis

A N-12 Leader in Sustainability Education

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The Harley School, an independent, Nursery – 12 school in Rochester, New York, received a Traditional EE Ford grant to 1) develop a comprehensive climate change curriculum in the Upper School and upgrade learning spaces for hands-on climate- oriented projects; 2) create our own Sustainability Plan to align our practices with our commitment to reducing climate change; and 3) disseminate our curriculum and learnings both locally and nationally.  Education for sustainability is a priority at the school. Harley offers a range of innovative electives from the Food & Farm Lab to Design & Engineering.  Our Bio-mimicry Club was honored in national competitions two years in a row. The state-of-the art Commons building is a “living building” generating its own energy, housing science classrooms, centers for Mindfulness and Civic Engagement, a Maker Space, greenhouse, and teaching kitchen. Yet we lack a comprehensive approach to teaching climate change for all upper school students. We aim to improve our ability to empower all graduates as empathic and informed leaders who act on innovative solutions to address the impact of climate change.  

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Short overview of Harley climate change milestones (could be bulleted list)

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Dr. Betsy Vinton

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Seth O’Bryan

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