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.