Scorecard (Eco-Initiative)

Environmental Scorecard- project results


The students and teachers of the Rhinebeck Central School District

are investigating their connections to the environment. These connections,

while substantial, are oftentimes overlooked. How many

people think about where their water and food come from, how

their lights and computers are powered or where their waste

goes? Once we begin to answer these questions, we see that we

are connected to ecosystems near and far in very real ways. The

coal mines of West Virginia and oil drills in the Gulf, the strawberry

farms in California and the waters of the Hudson River take on new


In our homes, schools and communities we learn about environmental

issues and ask ourselves, “how do we start reducing our

impact”? This scorecard is the place to start. It displays student

collected data related to the school’s connection to the environment.

The scientific data reported here can be used to make decisions

about which sustainable choices should be made. In the coming

years, students will continue to collect similar data in order to

gain feedback on the effectiveness of their sustainability choices.

The Eco-Initiative was designed by the Rhinebeck Central School

District and the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, and is funded

by the Rhinebeck Science Foundation.


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