Green Schools

Oakland Steiner School Receives Garden Grant
The Oakland Steiner School received a $2,000 garden grant from the Whole Kids Foundation.  It is a one-time schools grant with the purpose of relating children to growing edibles.  Parents and kids installed an apple orchard, cranberry bushes (just babies now) and blueberry bushes in October. Read more about Garden Grants  October 23, 2012.

From Roots to Bloom ~ Green in Grade Twelve
Waldorf Schools strive to co-exist in a profoundly felt, right relationship with the Earth throughout the grades, building inner habits that prepare children to be environmentalists on the deepest levels. The practices and experiences which engender these inner habits are embedded in all aspects of the Waldorf School curriculum from grade one to grade twelve. Over twelve weeks, we are exploring and highlighting some of the elements and ways in which environmental sustainability lives and breathes through each grade of the Waldorf curriculum. This week we continue with Grade Twelve! Read more November, 2012.

From Roots to Bloom ~ Green in Grade Eleven
Waldorf Schools strive to co-exist in a profoundly felt, right relationship with the Earth throughout the grades, building inner habits that prepare children to be environmentalists on the deepest levels. The practices and experiences which engender these inner habits are embedded in all aspects of the Waldorf School curriculum from grade one to grade twelve. Over twelve weeks, we are exploring and highlighting some of the elements and ways in which environmental sustainability lives and breathes through each grade of the Waldorf curriculum. This week we continue with Grade Eleven! Read more October, 2012.

From Roots to Bloom ~ Green in Grade Ten
Waldorf Schools strive to co-exist in a profoundly felt, right relationship with the Earth throughout the grades, building inner habits that prepare children to be environmentalists on the deepest levels. The practices and experiences which engender these inner habits are embedded in all aspects of the Waldorf School curriculum from grade one to grade twelve. Over twelve weeks, we are exploring and highlighting some of the elements and ways in which environmental sustainability lives and breathes through each grade of the Waldorf curriculum. This week we continue with Grade Ten! Read more October, 2012.

From Roots to Bloom ~ Green in Grade Nine
Waldorf Schools strive to co-exist in a profoundly felt, right relationship with the Earth throughout the grades, building inner habits that prepare children to be environmentalists on the deepest levels. The practices and experiences which engender these inner habits are embedded in all aspects of the Waldorf School curriculum from grade one to grade twelve. Over twelve weeks, we are exploring and highlighting some of the elements and ways in which environmental sustainability lives and breathes through each grade of the Waldorf curriculum. This week we continue with Grade Nine! Read more September 27, 2012.

From Roots to Bloom ~ Green in Grade Eight
Waldorf Schools strive to co-exist in a profoundly felt, right relationship with the Earth throughout the grades, building inner habits that prepare children to be environmentalists on the deepest levels. The practices and experiences which engender these inner habits are embedded in all aspects of the Waldorf School curriculum from grade one to grade twelve. Over twelve weeks, we are exploring and highlighting some of the elements and ways in which environmental sustainability lives and breathes through each grade of the Waldorf curriculum. This week we continue with Grade Eight! Read more September 21, 2012

From Roots to Bloom ~ Green in Grade Seven
Waldorf Schools strive to co-exist in a profoundly felt, right relationship with the Earth throughout the grades, building inner habits that prepare children to be environmentalists on the deepest levels. The practices and experiences which engender these inner habits are embedded in all aspects of the Waldorf School curriculum from grade one to grade twelve. Over twelve weeks, we are exploring and highlighting some of the elements and ways in which environmental sustainability lives and breathes through each grade of the Waldorf curriculum. This week we continue with Grade Seven! Read more AWSNA September 7, 2012

From Roots to Bloom ~ Green in Grade Six
Waldorf Schools strive to co-exist in a profoundly felt, right relationship with the Earth throughout the grades, building inner habits that prepare children to be environmentalists on the deepest levels. The practices and experiences which engender these inner habits are embedded in all aspects of the Waldorf School curriculum from grade one to grade twelve. Over twelve weeks, we are exploring and highlighting some of the elements and ways in which environmental sustainability lives and breathes through each grade of the Waldorf curriculum. This week we continue with Grade Six! Read more AWSNA September 2, 2012

From Roots to Bloom ~ Green in Grade Five
Waldorf Schools strive to co-exist in a profoundly felt, right relationship with the Earth throughout the grades, building inner habits that prepare children to be environmentalists on the deepest levels. The practices and experiences which engender these inner habits are embedded in all aspects of the Waldorf School curriculum from grade one to grade twelve. Over twelve weeks, we are exploring and highlighting some of the elements and ways in which environmental sustainability lives and breathes through each grade of the Waldorf curriculum. This week we continue with Grade Five! Read more AWSNA August 26, 2012

From Roots to Bloom ~ Green in Grade Four
Waldorf Schools strive to co-exist in a profoundly felt, right relationship with the Earth throughout the grades, building inner habits that prepare children to be environmentalists on the deepest levels. The practices and experiences which engender these inner habits are embedded in all aspects of the Waldorf School curriculum from grade one to grade twelve. Over twelve weeks, we are exploring and highlighting some of the elements and ways in which environmental sustainability lives and breathes through each grade of the Waldorf curriculum. This week we continue with Grade Four! Read more AWSNA August 16, 2012

From Roots to Bloom ~ Green in Grade Three
Waldorf Schools strive to co-exist in a profoundly felt, right relationship with the Earth throughout the grades, building inner habits that prepare children to be environmentalists on the deepest levels. The practices and experiences which engender these inner habits are embedded in all aspects of the Waldorf School curriculum from grade one to grade twelve. Over twelve weeks, we are exploring and highlighting some of the elements and ways in which environmental sustainability lives and breathes through each grade of the Waldorf curriculum. This week we continue with Grade Three! Read more AWSNA August 10, 2012

From Roots to Bloom ~ Green in Grade Two. Waldorf Schools strive to co-exist in a profoundly felt, right relationship with the Earth throughout the grades, building inner habits that prepare children to be environmentalists on the deepest levels. The practices and experiences which engender these inner habits are embedded in all aspects of the Waldorf School curriculum from grade one to grade twelve. Over twelve weeks, we are exploring and highlighting some of the elements and ways in which environmental sustainability lives and breathes through each grade of the Waldorf curriculum. This week we continue with Grade Two! Read more AWSNA, August 1, 2012

From Roots to Bloom ~ Green in Grade One. Waldorf Schools strive to co-exist in a profoundly felt, right relationship with the Earth throughout the grades, building inner habits that prepare children to be environmentalists on the deepest levels. The practices and experiences which engender these inner habits are embedded in all aspects of the Waldorf School curriculum from grade one to grade twelve! Over the next twelve weeks we will explore and highlight some of the elements and ways in which environmental sustainability lives and breathes through the Waldorf curriculum. We begin with an exploration of Grade One! Read more AWSNA, July 26, 2012

Q&A with Michael D'Aleo. This interview with Michael D'Aleo is the third in a series of AWSNA interviews with leading green Thinkers and Doers connected to Waldorf Education. Michael is a founding member of SENSRI and is Director of Research. Michael holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from Rutgers University where he graduated summa cum laude. Earlier in his career, Michael was Project Leader in charge of New Product Development at Lutron Electronics. His main interest was to find solutions to technical problems that resulted in designs that were artistic and based on processes found in the natural world. Interview by Sarah Hearn Read more May 2012

Q&A with Craig Holdrege. This short interview with Craig Holdrege, the director of The Nature Institute, in Harlemville, NY, is the second in a series of AWSNA interviews with leading green Thinkers and Doers connected to Waldorf Education. Craig shares from his experience working with Waldorf teachers at The Nature Institute and in Waldorf Schools. Read more Interview by Sarah Hearn for AWSNA April 2012.

Q&A with Megan Durney This interview with Megan Durney, Head Gardener at the Pfeiffer Center in Spring Valley, NY, is the first in a series of AWSNA interviews with leading green Thinkers and Doers connected to Waldorf Education. Megan shares from her work in the garden, with both adults and children, and her experience that through Waldorf Education children can cultivate a sense of service towards the Earth and its creatures. Read more Interview by Sarah Hearn for AWSNA March 2012

Earth Day. A great time to examine our lifestyles or schools and ask ourselves “what steps can I take to do more… to be greener?”  We have gathered some simple earth friendly ideas below.  Many of them may seem obvious, but remember, while some of us may be more evolved in our earth awareness, others are just getting started!  So here are some tips to make this Earth Day the start of your greenest year ever!  

~ At home (or school) raise the temperature a degree or two in the summer, reduce it a degree or two in the winter.
~ Take your own bags to the store.
~ Learn how to drive for fuel economy.
~ Compost or start an indoor worm bin.
~ Stop using pesticides and make your own green pesticides & repellents.
~ Paint your roof white.
~ Use a rain barrel.
~ Dry laundry outside.
~ Take your own cup to your favorite coffee house!
~ Carpool with neighbors whenever you can!
~ Check your shower head to make sure it is water saver model.
~ Ride your bike once a week, bike to work, to school, any place to which you usually drive.
~ Make sure your car tires are properly inflated!
~ Take public transportation at least once a month.
~ Turn off lights when you’re not in a room.
~ Create idle free zones at school.
~ Use ceiling fans year round (yes it uses electricity but helps with efficiency in many other ways!)
~ Use window energy efficient window blinds!
~ Avoid dry clean only clothing and explore wet cleaning for those pieces you do have!
~ Shine furniture with natural polish that you can make yourself.
~ Clean your windows with a green window wash that you make yourself!

These are just a few, surely there are many more!  Which green idea of yours did we forget?  Email us and we will add it to our list! 

Green School Videos

Winner: Richmond Hill Chamber of Commerce Award 2012 from Toronto Waldorf School on Vimeo.

LWSEnvSlideshow (1) from Bob Mueffelmann on Vimeo.

Schools with
Farm Partnerships

Summerfield Waldorf School & Farm
Santa Rosa, CA. 95401
www.summerfieldwaldorf.org

Camphill Special School
Glenmoore, PA 19343-2624
www.camphillspecialschool.org

Hawthorne Valley Waldorf SchoolGhent, NY 12075-1926
www.hawthornevalleyschool.org

Sunfield Waldorf School & Biodynamic Farm
Port Hadlock, WA 98339
www.sunfieldfarm.org

Kimberton Waldorf School
Kimberton, PA 19442-0350
www.kimberton.org

The Prairie Moon Waldorf School
Lawrence, Kansas
www.prairiemoon.org

The Emerson Waldorf School
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27516
www.emersonwaldorf.org

Cape Ann Waldorf School
Beverly, MA 01915
www.capeannwaldorf.org

Monadnock Waldorf School
Keene, NH
www.monadnockwaldorfschool.org

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