Thank you for your interest in Sustainable Nevada.
This is what you can make happen with a grant of $1,000 to $10,000.
As of October 2016, our current funding priorities are:
Sustainable Nevada helps schools design, develop and implement ecoliteracy programs. EcoStudents, our flagship program, is a partnership with High Desert Montessori School (HDMS.) HDMS provides a free Montessori education to children throughout the Northern Nevada region and prides itself for being located in an at-risk neighborhood, which fosters diversity among its student body.
EcoStudents represents the next level in education. It connects a student-centric, project-based, STEAM curriculum, the renovation of the school campus, and business and community professionals resulting in ecoliterate students.
EcoStudents is composed of four pillars:
- A Sustainability Curriculum that uses ecology and the environment to teach the science behind green community design. The curriculum has been approved by the Washoe County School District for an environmental science credit.
- A Sustainable Campus that includes green buildings that reduce operating costs and improves student and faculty health and wellness; and an outdoor learning environment that includes gardens that provide students and the community with access to fresh, organic, locally grown food.
- Linked Learning, a program that connects what students learn in the classroom to community professionals and internships that place students on science, technology, engineering, mathematics and design career pathways.
- Sustainable Learning Communities, an outreach program that helps other schools implement their own EcoStudents program.
EcoStudents has been endorsed by the Reno Ward 3 Neighborhood Advisory Board, Reno City Councilman Oscar Delgato, Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve, the Washoe County Board of Commissioners, the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), and the USGBC Center for Green Schools.
Donations to this program support EcoStudents in the classroom.
2. Outdoor Learning Environment
Outdoor learning environments are living laboratories that teach permaculture principles through place-based and project-based learning. They represent sustainability in the living world and are a key component in our Sustainable Campus program.
This summer Sustainable Nevada helped HDMS purchase the empty lot between the school's Silverada and Orvada buildings. The lot will be home to the school's new outdoor learning environment. HDMS' EcoStudents are working with parents, teachers, administrators, community professionals and other stakeholders to design the gardens, food forests, living laboratories and green classrooms that will be built on the lot.
HDMS will use food grown on the lot in the school's organic lunch program. HDMS' EcoStudents will use the food to create a community supported agriculture program making fresh, locally grown, organic food available to their at-risk community.
Donations to this program support the development and construction of HDMS' outdoor learning environment.
3. Green Buildings
LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is the United States Green Building Council's green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices.
LEED certified buildings create sustainability in the built environment and are the second component in our Sustainable Campus program.
The HDMS' EcoStudents are working with architecture and engineering professionals to design, construct and renovate the school campus to LEED standards. Under the program students are provided with internships, job shadowing and mentorsip opportunities. These opportunities place students on the path toward green careers in sustainable community design and construction.
Donations to this program support the design and construction of HDMS' green buildings.
To make a grant from your Community Foundation Donor Advised Fund, call Tracy Turner at 775-333-5499 or go to www.nevadafund.org.