ESP Mission

A Call to Action

As our schools embark on this journey towards more energy efficient and sustainable practices, we call to action all students, teachers, staff and community members to embrace the environmental steward within. Each and every one of you can make a difference in reducing energy usage, using less water, minimizing waste, recycling and composting whenever possible, and spreading eco-friendly life choices. ESP is good for people, the planet, and our bottom line, but most importantly for the health of our students and future generations.

Environmental Mission Statement

At our first ETAC minute, we brainstormed key words which we would all like to see included in our evolving Environmental Mission Statement.  Here are a few of the thoughts;

  • energy costs, waste reduction, local food, healthy workplace and schools, real world impact, local environmental knowledge  
  • district leadership, collaboration, community, behaviors, shared values, future generation, future policy makers
  • change agents, inquiry based, environmental stewards, service learning, citizen scientists, interdisciplinary learning
  • Shows district leadership and directive to engage all stakeholders in meeting sustainability goals - from water and energy to waste reduction and local food, cooperation on programs for teachers, district staff and students and their families, will help create a culture of sustainability for today and in the future

Mission Statement Excerpts for Inspiration

Education for Sustainability
 - The Sustainable Schools Project

Educating for Sustainability is “learning that links knowledge, inquiry, and action to help students build a healthy future for their communities and the planet.” EFS helps teachers bridge grade levels and subject areas, curriculum and school operations, parent and community partnerships. Through SSP, a school develops its own meaningful, coherent approach to improve curriculum, community partnerships and campus ecology.

Teachers learn about the community’s vision and strategies for a sustainable future, then bring this larger dialogue into their curriculum with a focus that’s appropriate for their students. This fosters ongoing school-community partnerships that gain staying power from their ties to the curriculum and to each other. And these partnerships create learning opportunities for students in their community–whether in the schoolyard or at the food shelf.

With each lesson learned, students develop their own understanding of the web of connections that make up their community and their role in it. Students’ personal appreciation and experience of interdependence give them the foundation for understanding and supporting global decision-making in their future.