Green Initiative

"Treat the Earth well: It was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children." ~ Ancient Native American Proverb

Chappaqua Central School District
Mission Statement for Sustainability

The Chappaqua Central School District Green Committee facilitates best practices for sustainability throughout the District, supporting efforts at the facilities, administration, faculty, student and community levels. The Committee brings together representatives from the BOE, facilities, administration, faculty, PTA and town to share information and collaborate on areas of mutual interest thereby multiplying the positive effects of the constituent members' actions.

Cumulatively, the Committee has the following goals:

  • To encourage a safe and sustainable environment within which the CCSD can uphold its stated mission as follows: The mission of the Chappaqua Schools is to create a community for learning, where students, parents and staff are joined in the pursuit of academic excellence and personal growth in a caring environment. We seek to develop each student's full potential through a challenging curriculum, a diversified faculty, and a commitment to intellectual freedom. We will teach basic skills, foster creative and critical thinking, and provide a foundation for life-long learning. We will nourish our students' emotional lives and guide their social development, instilling in them an appreciation of self-worth, of individual difference, and of global interdependence. We will help them learn how to manage freedom and to act ethically so that each may become a responsible, contributing member of society.
     
  • To achieve more sustainable and environmentally responsible physical plants.
     
  • To support our administration and faculty in their efforts to create a rich and dynamic learning environment that will prepare our students to be productive members of an increasingly global community of limited natural resources.
     
  • To encourage a collective sense of environmental stewardship throughout the CCSD by cultivating awareness of the impact our daily choices have on our immediate environment and our planet's future and giving the community the knowledge and tools they need to make smart, sustainable choices.
     
  • To affirm for our students that their voices and actions do make a difference and create opportunities for them to deepen their understanding of the interconnectedness of our schools, the environment and the global community.

The Committee also recognizes the critical role schools play as multipliers of understanding and action beyond the campus and their aggregate potential for creating positive change for our environment.

Money for Schools Program
Help Chappaqua Schools earn funds.
Turn your purchases into Renewable Energy!

We’ve been working hard to develop the Money For Schools programs to organize the several programs to benefit our Chappaqua School system.

We would like to have the community’s participation in these programs to maximize what we receive.  These programs are run at no cost to you or our schools, but provide revenue that will be used for energy saving initiatives. 

4 great ways to pitch in! Here is your handy Check list:

  1. Box Tops for Education – please clip and deposit box tops  (clip and package in envelopes or Ziploc bags in groups of 50 if possible).  Deposit at any of our 6 schools, or Library, Town Hall, or Community Center.
     
  2. AmazonSmile: Click HERE and select Chappaqua Central School District.
  3. Shop Rite: Link your courtesy card and automatically generate box top revenue.  (K-8 program, Greeley isn’t shown)
  4. Stop and Shop: Link your Stop and Shop card and assign up to 2 of our schools. If you are a Peapod shopper, that counts too!  


A Note from the Town of New Castle Sustainability Advisory Board

We know that many of our children are dropped off or picked up from school or the bus stop. In line with our Town's Climate Action Plan and the law in Westchester County, we'd like to invite you to work with us on the following actions to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and do a small but not insignificant part in reducing our contributions to climate change. Additionally, these steps will improve our own air quality and the health of our residents - especially our children. Please encourage your kids to ride the bus and to walk to and from the bus stop, as each car we take off the road for the few miles you drive your child multiplied over the ~180 days our kids are in school reduces emissions and fuel usage significantly. On those occasions you do need to drive your child to school, or wait at the bus stop, please - remember - idling for more than three minutes is ILLEGAL! The County enacted this law because it recognized how important it is to reduce fuel usage and greenhouse gas emissions and to improve the quality of the air we breathe.

So, keep your cars at home or when you stop to wait for your child, turn off the motor and roll down the windows or keep them up and wear an extra layer - it's better for all of us and for future generations.

Thank you,

New Castle Sustainability Advisory Board