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Sustainability Expert Visits Ossining High School

OSSINING, N.Y. – Ossining High School students brainstormed sustainability ideas during a visit last week from sustainability expert Jamie Cloud.

"I think it is great that the students are asking tough questions and really trying to solve real-world problems," said Cloud, the founder of The Could Institute based in New York City that works with school districts to cultivate new ways of thinking about the use of natural resources.

Cloud spoke to about 300 students at Ossining High School in classes led by teachers who have been working with the Curriculum Center at Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES to develop sustainability lessons that can be incorporated into all subject areas.

Students talked about recycling more, taxing companies that do not use renewable energy, using clean diesel fuel, walking to school if possible, promoting the use of electric cars and providing economic incentives to companies that adopt environment-friendly practices as possible ways to live more within the limits of nature.

"I will definitely remember things (Cloud) said when I go home and it will make me think differently about what I do," said sophomore Jordan Wagner who heard Cloud speak during a social studies class.

Cloud's visit was made possible by a grant from TD Charitable Foundation, the grant-giving arm of TD Bank.

"Jamie's visit allowed our students and faculty to examine ways they could reduce waste and practice environmental conservation and create safe, clean toxin-free spaces in schools," said schools Deputy Superintendent Ray Sanchez.

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