At Mundo Verde, environmental sustainability is integrated into all aspects of the school’s curriculum and operations. Our students learn that natural, social and economic systems are linked and interdependent.
Students learn concepts, values and behaviors that will last a lifetime. For example, by learning about plants, animals and habitats, they build a foundation for understanding and treasuring ecological systems and places. By learning about family and relationships, they begin to understand intergenerational responsibility and act with this mindset.
We encourage children’s natural sense of adventure through outdoor exploration, physical activity, healthy food, and engagement with the local community. See our Wellness Policy here (English) (Español). View Mundo Verde's School Health Profile here.
how we integrate sustainability into our classrooms:
Bringing the classroom outdoors whenever possible to establish a connection with nature.
Basing our expeditions on concepts important to sustainability, such as natural cycles.
Designing, planting, maintaining and harvesting an organic garden.
Visiting local farms to explore food production and sustainable practices.
Investigating natural resources and alternative energy sources, such as solar and wind power.
Separating all waste into compost, recycling and trash in conjunction with educating the community on the implication our use and disposal of resources.
Mundo Verde uses the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development National Education for Sustainability K-12 Student Learning Standards (English) (Español). These national sustainability standards were developed with input from kindergarten through twelfth grade sustainability experts in public, private and teacher education fields. By its nature, sustainability education is interdisciplinary and therefore intended to be integrated into core content teaching and all academic disciplines. Mundo Verde ensures that the Education for Sustainability framework is integrated with the core content areas and that our expeditions support students’ growing sustainability understanding over the years.
Sustainability is not a static state. To ensure that we are constantly improving and to encourage discussion within the community, we conduct a yearly assessment using the Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative of South Australia guide to becoming a sustainable school. At the end of each school year we collect an assessment from a diverse selection of teachers, students, parents, and staff, as well as from external partners and sustainability experts. Our final assessment is then used to inform our goal setting for future improvements in sustainability.
The Mundo Verde Sustainability Committee holds monthly meetings that are open to all parents, staff, and teachers, and are also attended by the Mundo Verde Student Sustainability Leadership Team (students elected by their peers to represent the student voice in sustainability pursuits at Mundo Verde).
extended day program
Mundo Verde offers a robust Extended Day Program focused on enrichment. The program includes morning and afternoon school services that incorporate the Responsive Classroom curriculum and are aligned with the school’s mission on sustainability and biliteracy. The morning and afternoon enrichments are implemented with the school staff and select community partners to allow integration with and contribution to the overall school culture with 95% of the enrichments offered in Spanish.