Just in Time for Earth Day, Cascades Academy Has Been Named one of the 2020 100 Best Green Workplaces in Oregon by Oregon Business Magazine! This ranking shows that Cascades Academy has implemented a variety of green policies and that employees at Cascades Academy place a high value on sustainable practices and believe that the school's commitment to them is exceptional. Cascades Academy has always focused on being good stewards of the environment, and their campus near Tumalo was designed with sustainability in mind. There is geothermal heating in the floors, solar panels on the roof, and a variety of other elements in the facilities to save energy and minimize their carbon footprint. Students can join clubs like the "Eco-Ninja Club" where they learn how to become environmental stewards and encourage everyone to care for the beautiful environment we have been blessed with in Central Oregon.
"It is truly an honor to be recognized again by Oregon Business Magazine as one of the 100 best green workplaces in Oregon," said Julie Amberg, Head of School. "It has always been a priority for our school to be active stewards of our environment and to teach our students how to care for the world we live in. We have such a wonderful, talented, and dedicated faculty and staff, and I believe this award honors them as well. We are grateful for all of their hard work and dedication to making the world a better place," continued Amberg.
Cascades Academy had been planning on participating in the Earth Day Parade, and students at the school had each been studying one endangered animal, which they were going to represent as they marched in the parade. With all of the changes that the COVID 19 situation has brought about, Cascades Academy will take part in the Virtual Earth Day Parade being held by the Environmental Center in Bend. Students have been busy creating a video montage of themselves wearing their animal masks and sharing some information about the endangered animal independently researched. Students will also be holding a virtual Earth Day Assembly on Wednesday. Using an online platform, younger students will be joining their high school big buddies to share the stories behind their mask, facilitated by some of the teachers at the school.
"I am so thrilled that our community has stepped up to the challenge of keeping the Earth Day celebrations alive, even with all that is currently happening," said Julie Amberg, Head of School. "This is just one example of how our teachers, students, and families have come together as a community and helped each other stay focused on the values and principles that our school was founded on."
The Environmental Center has put together an amazing Earth Day celebration, including their annual celebration of original artwork from a local artist. This year's celebration features a beautiful piece by Jefferson Greene, who was born and raised on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. Jefferson created a unique expression of what Earth Day evokes for him, and a fierce encouragement to examine our own individual actions. To view Jefferson's artwork and learn about all the activities planned for Earth Day, https://envirocenter.org/tec-events/earth-day-fair/.
About the Environmental Center
At The Environmental Center, our mission is to embed sustainability into daily life in Central Oregon. To us, that means driving local change that makes a world of difference.
About Cascades Academy
Cascades Academy is a pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade independent private school located in Bend, Oregon that focuses on challenging academics through experiential learning.