We visited many different schools and communities that were considered “green”while traveling in Australia. When a building and/or establishment is “green”, that means that it is environmentally friendly (also referred to as eco-friendly). According to Google’s definition, “environmentally friendly are marketing and sustainability terms referring to goods and services, laws, guidelines and policies that inflict reduced, minimal, or no harm upon ecosystems or the environment.”
We have always envisioned building a school and community to be as green and sustainable as possible, so when we heard about The Green School in Bali, we were completely inspired and excited to learn more! We have not had an opportunity to visit the school in person yet, but we most definitely have plans to do so as we build our own school. In the meantime, I would like to share The Green School’s website information at GreenSchool.org and a few of The Green School’s Youtube videos to share what is possible.
CNN's Dan Rivers reports from Bali on the "Green School," where the academics are literally wrapped up in the environment.
Living A Sustainable Lifestyle
“Living a sustainable lifestyle is a process of learning by doing and remembering what we once knew and have forgotten over many generations. Many things need to change to lead a life that is more integrated with the natural systems that surround us. The most important change that can lead to living an authentically sustainable life is a change in our mindset and habit patterns. At Green School we study, work, live, and play with an awareness of the impact of our thinking and decisions” says John Hardy.
Take a 360-degree tour of the school and learn more about the Green School’s curriculum as the director, Joo Peter, interviews teachers and students who attend the Green School.
THE GREEN SCHOOL’S SUSTAINABLE LIFESTYLE INCLUDES:
The Green School Way
The Green School educates their students about sustainability through community-integrated, entrepreneurial learning, in a wall-less, natural environment. Their holistic, student-guided approach inspires and empowers them to be green leaders.
The Green School Values
They believe in three simple rules underlying every decision: be local, let your environment be your guide and envision how your grandchildren will be affected by your actions. The 8 iRespect values that guide them are:
An extraordinary story of how John Hardy and his wife Cynthia were inspired to open the greenest school in the world. Hardy has long been an advocate of holistic education and the use of bamboo as an alternative to timber for building and reforestation.
Did you know there is a green school in Denver, Colorado? Check out their website to learn more!