On Monday, November 26th, Joe Robach attended the groundbreaking for a new education building at The Harley School. The new building is dedicated to environmental education and sustainability.

The $3 million project features a state-of-the-art “living building” called “Chesonis Commons.”

It will be home to three new educational resources at the school, including the Briggs Center for Civic Engagement, Center for Mindfulness and Empathy Education, and a state-of-the-art Science Center. It will be the first K-12 education space in the country to offer students multiple dimensions of education around creating a sustainable future.

The structure will generate its own energy, heat and cool with renewable nontoxic resources, capture and utilize water and carbon in its greenhouse, and operate efficiently using students to manage its operations.

The project was paid for with a $1 million gift from the Chesonis Family Foundation, as well as fundraising and donations to The Harley School. Chesonis Commons is expected to be complete by September 2013.

The Harley School was founded in 1917, and is an independent school in Rochester that offers a college preparatory program for approximately 500 students in Nursery through Grade 12. The rigorous academic programs and exceptional fine arts curriculum are coupled with unique offerings (hospice, glass making, boat building, organic farming, chess, robotics), a commitment to community service, the creative process and a nurturing environment for students. The School is committed to diversity and the education of students in a global perspective.

For more education information, contact the Office of Joe Robach.