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Last year was a “a time to plant” and “a time to build” at Dorr, as Horace Mann School constructed a new Lodge that makes our Connecticut campus for outdoor and communal education as environmentally sustainable as possible. In so doing, the John Dorr Nature Laboratory is now more able to practice the environmental lessons it teaches. Dorr also serves as an inspiration to all of us at Horace Mann to work toward sustainability on our Bronx and Manhattan campuses, while imparting an education to our students in Nursery through the most elevated Upper Division science classes to enable them to aim for the goal of sustainability in their lives, today and in the future.

Dr. Thomas Kelly, Head of School, Spring 2010 Horace Mann Magazine


In the fall of 2009,two teachers, Karen Johnson (Upper Division Visual Arts) and Woody Howard (Upper Division Theatre, Dance & Film Studies), were asked by Dr. Kelly to co-chair a committee on sustainability. Ms. Johnson and Mr. Howard were asked to invite a cross-section of the administration, faculty and staff to participate on this committee. Once formed, the committee was charged with the creation and implementation of a Nursery through Twelfth Grade Sustainability Policy. The Sustainability Committee continues to meet several times each year and has shifted its focus from policy and procedure to the actual implementation and monitoring of new green initiatives.


The Sustainability Committee is comprised of the following employees:

Nick DePreter, Co-Chair
Karen Johnson, Co-Chair

Barbara Binger, Grade 5 Science Teacher
Michael Bomwell, Upper Division Music

Brenda Cohn, FLIK Director of Food Services
Katie Diaz, Lower Division K-5 Science Specialist
Denise DiRenzo, Upper Division Theatre, Dance & Film Studies
Diana Gonzalez, Admin. Asst. to the Head of Upper Division

Robin Ingram, Head of Middle Division & Science
Gordon Jensen, Director of Facilities Management
Tom Kelly, Head of School
Kate Kerrick, Dorr Nature Lab
Michelle Lee, Upper Division Science
Roselle Leone, Middle Division Science
Jessica Levenstein, Head of Upper Division
Marcia Levy, Head of Nursery Division
Abbey Moore, Dorr Nature Lab
Deena Neuwirth, Head of Lower Division
Bryant Race, Dorr Nature Lab
Glenn Sherratt, Director in Residence, Dorr Nature Lab

Ruth Smith, Dorr Nature Lab
Rachel Song, Nursery Division Science Specialist
Patricia Zuroski, Director of Diversity Initiatives

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