School Life

Sustainability

Rippowam Cisqua School is committed to environmental sustainability and conservation in all aspects of school life.
A member of the Green Schools Alliance and the Bedford 2020 Schools Task Force, RCS incorporates themes of a
sustainable present and future throughout its facility and program.

Highlights
  • 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:
  • Building re-use
  • Extensive insulation
  • 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.

Conservation Methods

List of 4 items.

  • Energy Savings

    Installation of T-5 and LED light bulbs reduced KwH consumption by 75-80%

    Lutron Light Harvesting system allows light fixtures to compensate light levels for sunlight entering the room.

    Motion controlled -ultra sonic sensors turn lights off in classrooms and gyms.
  • Food Composting

    In 2010, RCS became the first independent middle school in the United States to adopt the innovative Rocket Composter. The Rocket Composter makes compost from our wood chips and food waste.

    In five years 180 tons of food waste was kept from landfills.

    All compost is processed and used on-site.
  • Solar Production

    In 2009, a 50 KwH Photovoltaic System was installed on the Lower Campus. The system provides up to 33% of the Lower Campus power needs.

    During the summer up to 90% of Lower Campus power requirements are met via solar production.
  • Water Consumption

    To date RCS has conserved over 62 million gallons of water through our water conservation program which includes:
    • Low flow water consumption toilets with automatic flush valves.
    • Solar faucets that only operate when motion is detected.
    • On site water coolers that eliminated 5 gallon bottled water dispensers. Each cooler is equipped with a counters that indicates the number of plastic bottles saved.
    • Over 52,000 plastics bottles have been saved from both campuses since these coolers were installed.
Lower Campus (PreK-Grade 4)
325 West Patent Road
Mount Kisco, NY 10549
phone: (914) 244-1200
Upper Campus (Grades 5-9)
439 Cantitoe Street 
Bedford, NY 10506
phone: (914) 244-1250
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.
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