Sustainability

Reflecting on Woolman's Values

Emily Wheeler, Program Director
Monday, June 13, 2016

In April of 2012, I returned to Woolman for the first time since my Community Internship ended two years prior. I am not a Quaker and I rarely attended the Sunday Meeting during my time as an intern, but when Sunday arrived, I decided to go. I will never forget this Meeting, as I sat sandwiched between two women in their 90’s whom I will forever consider my elders and mentors: Lynne Henderson and Mary Jorgenson. Mary was undoubtedly wearing pink, the brightest shade of it, or perhaps that is just how she is permanently held in my memory.

Working in Community

Sophia Mueller, Fall '15 student
Sunday, December 20, 2015
 
I FFFrequently hear people complaining about their work. Many people don’t want to work or dread having to. However, imagine work being inspiring for you. Fun. Creative. Something you are crazily passionate about.

Garden reflection & gratitude

Charlotte Lippincott, Farm to Table Intern '15-'16
Saturday, December 19, 2015
The garden doesn’t lie, but it is especially honest in winter. The dense foliage that a few months ago dressed the earth with life has since receded, revealing the backbone--its essential form. The hedgerows that teemed with colorful perennial flowers and their loyal pollinators when I arrived in August are now pruned back, focusing their energies inward as they bear down for winter.

Introducing Restorative Practices to the Fall 2015 Semester

Hilary Ellis-Lavigne, NVC Teacher & Restorative Practices Coordinator
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
 
Each semester, we invite students to intentionally create the community that they want to live in, and, most importantly, to create a system to respond to any conflict or feelings of disconnection that might arise within the community. To start the Fall semester, students were asked to reflect on and draw pictures of communities and systems that they have already experienced prior to coming to Woolman and to describe what worked and what didn’t.

A Unique Perspective Brought to Life by the Woolman Semester School

Red Feola, Maintenance Supervisor
Saturday, April 18, 2015

I am responsible for taking care of 236 acres, 46 structures, pastures, a-frames, a dining hall, soccer field, bathhouses, 2 ponds, forest…..and I love my job, but when I describe my work to those outside Woolman these are the least of the responsibilities that I speak of.  I am also a teacher, an activist, a mentor, a student, an elder, and a friend. These are the roles that make my job worth it every day, I am the grounds and maintenance supervisor at the Woolman Semester School.

Environmental Science Energy Audit Presentations

Gray Horwitz, Environmental Science Teacher
Friday, March 6, 2015

For the past two weeks students have been researching different aspects of our campus and looking for ways to reduce our energy consumption. Yesterday students presented their energy audits to the class, and in the coming weeks we will be implementing the changes that they've recommended. The first group looked at our dish sanitizer and alternatives to it.

Woolman March Update

Gray Horwitz, Environmental Science Teacher
Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Happy March! It is hard to believe that the semester started almost six weeks ago. We have some updates for you from different aspects of Woolman life, written by various teachers.

Woolman Attends the Green Schools Conference

Heather Livingston, Community Intern
Friday, April 4, 2014

On Friday, March 28, Woolman students, teachers, and interns attended the fourth annual Green Schools National Conference thanks to a generous donation from Conserve, a semester school in beautiful Land O’ Lakes, Wisconsin. Although in past years the conference has been in Florida, Colorado, and Minnesota, this year the conference was conveniently located only an hour and a half away from us in the heart of Sacramento.

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