Here in the Hudson Valley—with our fertile land, clean water, and emerging local economy—we are uniquely poised to transition away from unsustainable social, economic, and environmental practices to a more regenerative way of life. A large obstacle, and great opportunity, resides in the gap between our future aspirations and what our current structures are able to produce—from knowledge, understanding, and skills to the mindsets of our children and our communities.
This August, we invite you to join us for an inaugural gathering of educators, administrators, business leaders, parents, students, and community-based organizations from the Hudson Valley and beyond to explore the potential for our schools and communities to learn and work together toward a shared and intentional future.
Through presentations, group discussions, and focused breakout sessions, we look at a whole-school approach to education—from curriculum and instruction to facilities and grounds—nested within whole communities, and how the two can be more deeply integrated and serve as resources for one another.
Using the Education for Sustainability (EfS) framework, the successful Sustainable Jersey for Schools initiative, and other case studies, we explore the power of learning and the creative potential of our youth, and continue to identify how to best support our next generation of leaders.
Those from outside the Hudson Valley are welcome to join us to share insights and experiences and bring new understandings back home.