Educating for sustainability requires myriad small measures taken daily, and an assemblage of broad lessons acquired and practiced over time. Trevor students learn that small steps taken repeatedly are the measures of success; there is no instaneous approach to achieving a sustainable future.
The value of sustainability is instilled through a combination of teaching, action, and physical design. Trevor's Middle and Upper School building is Gold LEED certified, uniquely built with a sustainable energy source: It is one of the largest geothermally heated and cooled structures in the northeast. Data collected about this energy system is available for analysis by students and faculty—enriching both curricula and broader research efforts.
Educating for sustainability requires myriad small measures taken daily, and an assemblage of broad lessons acquired and practiced over time.
Concepts of sustainability are woven throughout the curriculum. Lower school students conduct an in-depth study of the Hudson River and learn about efforts by environmentalists to restore the ecosystem. Middle School students investigate climate change and experiment with solar, wind, and other forms of alternative energy. Upper School students explore sustainability across various disciplines, including dedicated course offerings including Environmental Science and The Environmental History of China.
Service learning is often intrinsically linked with sustainability as well. Student environmental clubs in the Middle and Upper School are dedicated to improving the Trevor community as well as the larger world. For example, students are responsible for maintaining the flower beds in front of the school, the hydroponic towers, and the planters on the terraces, the latter of which produce a variety of herbs and vegetables that are used for school meals. They also volunteer at local public housing community gardens, applying their knowledge and extending their impact to the local community.