What we throw away is something we give far too little thought. The moment each of us decides to be done with an item it becomes trash- and from that moment on its gross and filthy and disgusting and therefore filed away as not important. Can you imagine the magical forcefield we have created in our minds? All we have to do is take a delicious taco or burrito or apple or peach, and let it drop from hand height into a bin, any bin and it suddenly transforms, nay transfigures into something dirty and germ filled and gross, right?
I mean, the custodian will come by under the cover of darkness and empty our bins and that magical cycle will continue where if you put items in the bin they will disappear. So the system is working fine, isn't it? NO, it's not and to explain why we even have some graphs!!
Why Dumpster Diving Matters:
We have a mentality in our society we are not connected, we are not aware, and even those of us who care and try and want to do we Continue Reading...
Why maintenance matters
Maintenance is not a very alluring topic, it is not flashy and seductive, it implies menial repetitive or redundant tasks and it is one of the most interesting and powerful sustainability topics in our lives.
This summer we partnered with the City of Boise and the Boise School District to host the first Sustainability Summit for teachers in Boise. We called it Project GREEN (Green Resources and Environmental-Sustainable Educator Network). It was attended by over 40 people and was a really great experience. We hosted a sustainability resources exposition for teachers and included all our local resources and organizations. A big THANK YOU to all of the partners and supporting organizations. (more…)
One of the great Riverstone International School traditions is a student day-of-service. Once a semester during parent-teacher conferences students give back to their community throughout the valley, including a group or two who stay on campus to give back to their own community. This spring we are proud to announce a new relationship, a partnership with the Treasure Valley Native Plant Network. (more…)
Over the past year the RIS students have formed a Sustainability Club, and it's great to see even more students engaged!
While Plant Club and Sustainability Club often have similar goals and sometimes even share projects, Sustainability Club is focused on a broader range of questions and issues than just the biotic. For me, Sustainability Club + Plant Club = RIS Green Team, an unbeatable combination! (more…)
"The Riverstone Pollinator Garden and Bioswale continues to garner more attention every time it gets expanded. As it becomes more visible, more and more people are celebrating the message and the opportunity for students to participate in the creation of dynamic outdoor learning spaces. (more…)
Big things are happening at Riverstone International School
A huge shout-out to Riverstone International School! This year they created a novel position for the school, a Sustainability Coordinator. Congratulations to Ben Brock for the transition to a new position! (more…)
Riverstone is going even GREENER!
We’re excited to announce that Riverstone International School's elementary school building has earned EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification! This certifies that the elementary school building is achieving energy performance in the top 25 percent of similar buildings nationwide. Here’s to many more years of cutting energy waste, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and doing our part to protect the environment!
What is even better than saving money by reducing energy use? What about saving money while improving the quality of our indoor environment and using fewer resources to reduce the natural capital needed to educate our Continue Reading...