Center for Sustainability
What it does: Sustainability is about being “green,” but it is so much more than this. At its heart, it is about designing a world that allows life to flourish – our individual lives, our collective lives in community, and the life of ecological systems all around us. The Center for Sustainability engages the HB community with thinking, learning, and action to help build a flourishing future. It does this by partnering with teachers in all divisions to introduce new skills and perspectives into the core curriculum, building co-curricular programs, and offering elective classes. The Center also works with the school’s administration and facilities department to find ways to reduce the environmental impacts of our facilities and operations. Our vision: HB is a school that has a net positive impact on the natural world, and values through words and actions both the wellbeing of humans and other species and the needs of all people to have voice, power, and economic security.
How to join:
- Sustainability Electives: Meeting one to two times per cycle, these project-based classes change in their focus from year to year. What they all have in common is putting sustainability principles into action to create positive change.
- Special Events: Offered throughout the year, always new, always exciting… stay tuned for things like a climate change negotiation simulation (like Model UN), a chance to volunteer at the Cleveland Botanical Garden’s annual celebration of local food, talking with Nicaraguans working on sustainable development projects in their communities in Nicaragua and more.
- Independent Work: The Center for Sustainability helps students interested in doing independent projects related to sustainability, often in collaboration with other Centers in the Institute. Consider meeting project or research requirements for other Centers or classes by working with the Center for Sustainability.
- HB Community Garden: Get your hands dirty tending the HB vegetable garden. Whether you have time in the fall or spring, or over the summer, we are always in need of garden volunteers.