GO GREEN! Brooklyn

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Thanks for visiting our booth!

We hope you and your kids had a blast with us at GO GREEN! Brooklyn learning how to plant herbs and beans, meeting our faculty, and learning about our sustainability efforts!
In the spirit of the day, we didn't want to send you home with a ton of paper, so we've put together a variety of materials you can explore at your leisure here! This is where you can find instructions on how to take care of your basil, parsley, dill, and butter beans, make your own NYC Street Tree Hunt, explore our photo slideshows and curriculum, and more.
We'd love to hear from you! Tag us on Instagram (@a_schoolgrowsinbrooklyn) or Twitter (@BASISIndBK) with photos of your egg carton garden or while you're on a NYC Street Tree Hunt!

Grow Your Herbs & Beans!

We've put together handy step-by-step directions on the best way to take care of your herb and bean seedlings from egg carton to pot on the windowsill to your plate!


Faculty Biographies

We have a number of faculty members who have a passion for saving the Earth, degrees in Environmental Science, and a work history in sustainability. Learn how they're enriching our campus.


NYC Street Tree Activity

We had a laminated copy of Ms. Thorne's NYC Street Tree hand out at our booth, but we wanted to give you a chance to try it out. Print out your own copy, then grab your kids and explore the trees in your neighborhood!


Plant Life Cycle

We had our classes' plant life cycle posters at the event, but if you'd like copies to look at while your plants grow, you can find them here. We also included some other definitions and images! 



Ms. Thorne also wanted us to pass along the link to Leafsnap, which is a field guide in development by researchers from Columbia University, the University of Maryland, and the Smithsonian Institution. Download it on the App Store.


Responsible Materials

All of the materials we used at GO GREEN! Brooklyn were collected or purchased with the theme of the event in mind. BASIS Independent Brooklyn families and faculty donated egg cartons; the bins and trowels were borrowed from classrooms; the hand wipes and seed markers are compostable and made of bamboo; we purchased the soil from the LES Ecology Center; and the seeds are from Ohio Heirloom Seeds: a small, non-GMO farm where the owner has a passion for seed sharing and lists his cell phone number on his website to answer questions!

ECO Club

All students in grades 3 and above at BASIS Independent Brooklyn are invited to come explore and learn about the importance and richness of our inner and outer environments! The Environmental Consciousness Organization, or ECO Club, at BASIS Independent Brooklyn centers on discussion and activism, and seeks to immerse students into critical conversations and hands-on learning about topics such as preservation and conservation of the natural world, recycling and resource management, healthy eating habits and nutrition, mindfulness and brain health, emotional awareness, relaxation techniques, and better study and sleeping habits. Students will directly engage the environment of their school’s campus by raising ecological awareness in both the student body and faculty. They will also seek to extend their activism beyond their Red Hook campus by working with community gardens and parks, by visiting local artists and craftsman, and by learning about the history of this unique neighborhood of Brooklyn!

Mr. D’Amato is the faculty advisor for the ECO Club. Some projects they are working on, or have successfully executed, include the following:  

 The Lights Out Project: A silent campaign to encourage our campus to turn overhead lights off when they are not necessary. Whether that's because you should use task lighting instead, because sunlight is sufficient, or because no one is in the room, ECO Club helped remind us by hanging signs by every light switch.

 The Bottle Project: What started as a BYOB (bring your own [water] bottle) campaign turned into the installation of water bottle-refilling stations on every floor. Just look at how many disposable bottles we've saved on one floor!

 The Paper Waste Project: ECO Club students sneaked into the staff copy room, collected all of the discarded scrap paper and made a paper chain. Then they walked their chain into the auditorium during the weekly staff meeting, wrapping it all the way around the space, as a physical demonstration of the amount of waste produced by our faculty and staff every day.

 The Faculty Pledge Project: At the conclusion of this academic year, the ECO Club will be asking faculty to write down one small pledge on a piece of scrap paper. It can be anything from promising to bring in reusable utensils for lunch to promising to help construct our compost bin, as long as they uphold their pledge for our 2018-19 academic year. The pledges will then be posted around the school!

 The Compost Project: This is the largest ECO Club project to date and is currently ongoing. Mr. D'Amato and his students are working with our Operations team to redesign BASIS Independent Brooklyn's trash management system, from the cafeterias to disposal. We hope to have our very own compost bin soon!

Butter Beans at BASIS Independent Brooklyn

BASIS Independent Brooklyn offers a lunch program to students of all ages. We work closely with our third party partner, Butter Beans, to accommodate dietary restrictions and allergies. We have gluten-free, nut-free, organic, and farm-to-table options. You're welcome to read more about their mission on their website! We've also included here some documents about Butter Beans' sustainability efforts.
Additionally, we want to show our students how to live heathful lives and give them the tools to do so. To that end, we also partner with Butter Beans to offer Cooking Clubs after school!

Project-Based Learning at 
BASIS Independent Brooklyn

Project Week

Term Project Week is a BASIS Independent Schools tradition at the close of every school year! The week provides a chance for students at all grade levels to engage in exciting multidisciplinary projects. This year, students will spend four days (depending on the project) grouped with their Term Project Advisors and the other students enrolled in the project. Some projects are classroom-based, others have the students out and about, and some are a mix of the two. We have academic, creative, and athletic options at all levels, and a number of our projects this year are eco-oriented! 
This spring, our students have over 40 projects to choose from. You can see a selection below!

Mission: Animal Rescue, grades 1–2 Learn more about endangered animals and raise awareness within your community to help conserve the habitat of these creatures. 
Urban Anglers, grades 3–7 Fishing is an excellent way to enjoy nature. After this great week outdoors, our students will learn safe and responsible angling, the basics of fishing tackle/angling techniques, the different types of NYC fish, and how to care for their catch! 
Future NYC, grades 5–7 Can you imagine what New York City might look like in 50 years? 100 years? 500 years? Our art group will explore ideas about how cities change over time, looking at architectural and popular images of past and present urban landscapes. 
Ecology of NYC, grades 8+ By enrolling in The Ecology of Music, students will gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of both natural sounds and artificial, human-wrought green spaces which comprise our city’s park system. The final day will capstone our explorations with a musical project in which students will create and develop their very own ECOmposition by using any artistic medium, multimedia, or format of their choosing to create natural sounds in what is arguably an unnatural environment. 

Senior Project

The BASIS Independent Brooklyn academic career culminates in the Senior Project, a 3 month-long opportunity for seniors to explore their interests and conduct a large-scale independent research project. A number of our Senior Projects at BASIS Curriculum Schools have involved the earth and our environment, such as the following:
Surviving the Summer: Quantifying The Urban Heat Island Effect Over the Arizona Sun Corridor
CleanChain: An Environmentally-Friendly Air Quality-Detecting Keychain
An Education Beyond the Classroom This project aims to explore whether a short term outdoor education has any significant influence on long term environmental viewpoints.
Effects of Urbanization on Mimicry in Mockingbirds
You can learn more about Senior Projects and the process here.