In 2014, Rippowam Cisqua was presented with the Green Award from the Town of Bedford Conservation Board in honor of the School's sustainability efforts
In 2012, both campuses at RCS became certified Green Restaurants
RCS students participated as presenters at the 2011 Bedford Environmental Action Day
Students and faculty participated in energy audits of four School residences as part of the School’s commitment to support Energize Bedford
Composting began in the student dining rooms to complement the composting effort already underway in School kitchens
In 2010, RCS became the first independent middle school in the United States to adopt the innovative Rocket Composter
Also in 2010, ground was broken on the RCS Garden
Extensive new construction on both campuses saw a comprehensive commitment to sustainability that included:
Regionally manufactured materials
An innovative high performance, programmable and dimmable lighting system with daylight sensors and occupancy sensors, allowing light levels to be adjusted for multiple criteria and energy conservation
Linoleum flooring is a natural linseed oil based product with no harmful off gassing or toxic ingredients
Other finishes, including carpet and acoustic ceiling tiles that have high recycled content, are low VOC
New mechanical systems that improve heating and cooling efficiency and allows for greater temperature control
Construction efforts that included a repurposing initiative for classroom supplies to Haiti
Recycling efforts have been expanded and improved on both campuses.
Food service program integrates locally produced foods in our cafeteria wherever possible, and will use vegetables grown in the RCS Garden.
Water conservation efforts continue to improve with energy efficient plumbing improvements installed throughout the School.
Rippowam Cisqua School is a PreK-Grade 9 independent day school in Westchester County, New York. RCS offers challenging academics built on innovation, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, wellness, leadership, service learning, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.