Living a sustainable lifestyle is a process of learning by doing and remembering what we once knew and have forgotten over many generations. Many things need to change to lead a life that is more integrated with the natural systems that surround us. The most important change that can lead to living an authentically sustainable life is a change in our mindset and habit patterns. At Green School we study, work, live, and play with an awareness of the impact of our thinking and decisions.
Our journey is comprised of thousands of small details; the detailed decisions and activities that makeup our days, weeks, months and years. Through a systems thinking approach to developing understanding, we realize that it is our habits of thought that often lead to actions that have unintended and undesirable consequences.
As we live our lives and participate in planning the supporting infrastructure of our campus and local community, we strive to be mindful systems thinkers. This philosophy and approach to living our journey is the guiding Compass that keeps us heading toward our destination of true sustainability.
we decided to install a Reverse Osmosis Biofiltration System to ensure the purity and safety of the drinking water in our school.
Aquaponics and HydroponicsSystem:
A simple definition of aquaponics is that it is the integration of aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics (the soil-less growing of plants) that grows fish and plants together in one closed system.
The fish waste provides an organic food source for the growing plants and the plants provide a natural filter for the water the fish live in. The third component of the system is the microbes (nitrifying bacteria) and composting red worms that thrive in the growing media. They do the job of converting the ammonia from the fish waste first into nitrites, then into nitrates and the solids into vermicompost that that are food for the plants.