April 8th, 2009
Going greenâ€ť may be all the rage these days, whether itâ€™s at a school, hospital, office or municipality. At Solomon Schechter School in Westchester County, N.Y., â€śgreenâ€ť has been part of the philosophy from the start.
Founded in 1966, the conservative Jewish day school serves nearly 1,000 students. It incorporates the environment not just in the curriculum but in every day life, says chief operating officer Rahel Rosner.
â€śOur philosophy is based on the Hebrew expression â€śMin Haâ€™ Aretz,â€ť meaning â€świth the earth,â€ť she says.
â€śWeâ€™ve always lived with the earth, â€ś says Rosner, explaining that it is part of the Jewish culture. The K-12 school has two campuses â€“ one located in White Plains for K-6; the other located in Hartsdale for 7-12. Each site is comprised of about 24 acres that are heavily wooded and well-maintained for nature walks.