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.