Sustainability @ MB

As a Friends school in the 21st century, Moses Brown is committed to the goal of environmental sustainability. We are guided in this work by the Quaker testimony of stewardship as well as by the testimonies of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, and equality which constitute the core of the school’s values and speak to our collective responsibility to each other, our campus, the local area, and the planet we all share.

The current goals of Moses Brown’s Sustainability Committee are:
  • To educate the community as to environmental literacy, sustainable practices, and the environmental challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.
  • To reduce the waste stream within the school while recycling as much as possible the waste that we do produce.
  • To reduce the school’s carbon footprint.

Updates from recent years

MB goes solar

Moses Brown recently received grant funding from the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation Renewable Energy fund to install a 50 KW solar array on the roofs of the Operations Building and Hoffman House. In addition, we expect to install a small ground-level array for hands-on educational purposes, which will complement the learning around alternative energies and solar power that is already happening in various divisions.

Campus planning

Sustainability has also been a focus during recent campus planning efforts, with an emphasis on green design and energy saving potentials. One of the highlights in this process was a presentation to members of our Sustainability & Building & Grounds committees by students in MB's AP Environmental Science class. They made an impassioned and convincing case for green design. [See a glimpse of their presentation]

GREEN tinted dining

Where does your food come from, and what is done with leftover waste after you are done eating? Was your house or the building you are in built sustainably? We hope so! These are important questions to consider when considering how to live more sustainably, at school or at home.

MB's Sustainability Committee has been mulling over these ideas recently as well. To that end, the group is partnering with SAGE Dining to look at issues of food sustainability. Rob DeReamer, our food service manager, has played an instrumental role. First, SAGE makes every effort to source its food locally with cafeteria signage indicating which food items come from which farms. [See for yourself in this video.]

But that's not all: the cooking oil used in MB's kitchens is now being collected for reuse by Newport Biodiesel, New England’s first sustainable producer of biodiesel fuel. (Learn more)

Finally, we are proud to announce that Moses Brown is the first school in Rhode Island to partner with the Compost Plant, a local start-up with plans to collect and compost food waste from Providence-based restaurants and schools. (Learn more)

Green MB in action

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