At Rock Point School, sustainability is one of our core values. By definition, sustainability is the capacity to endure. It is to ensure that the actions that we take today best serve both our current generations, as well as those that follow us in the future. It focuses on the three E’s: environment, economy, and social equity. In many ways, Rock Point School operates through a lens of sustainability. These ideas of tending to the current needs of our community while thinking about future generations are pervasive throughout our program. Sustainability is supported both in our physical operations, as well as in our curriculum.
Our Green School
Over the past years, Rock Point School has made many gains in its quest to become a “green” school and reduce its carbon footprint. Rock Point School is a 100+ year old historic building filled with a lot of forward-thinking, sustainable practices. As a part of our daily living, the Rock Point community practices recycling, composting (all food and paper waste), and energy conservation. Through our capital campaign, investments to improve the efficiency of our facility are being made, such as upgrading our windows and appliances.
Harnessing the Sun
In the fall of 2011, the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont and Rock Point School joined together with All Earth Renewables and Burlington Electric Department to install a 150 KW solar orchard on Rock Point property. The power produced by the 35 trackers gets fed onto the grid, and in turn the Rock Point properties earn credit on their electricity bills. This renewable energy install is another representation of Rock Point School’s dedication to a better, more sustainable future for our students and our community. In addition to reducing our immediate carbon footprint (in the summer of 2012 this system produced over 80% of energy needs), the money saved in energy costs will be reinvested into making the buildings on Rock Point property more energy efficient.
We teach what we value. Students learn to care about our environment and the impact of their choices. Whether analyzing the output of our solar orchard, visiting local farms, taking a seat on a local environmental board, or hiking the Green Mountains, sustainability is infused into our curriculum. Students leave Rock Point School with the knowledge and tools to be not only good citizens but engaged individuals who care about the future they’re helping to create.