Environmental Sustainability

The mission of Sustainable Ransom Everglades is to advance environmental sustainability initiatives and eco-conscious practices on the Everglades and Ransom Campuses and throughout our community at large. Sustainable Ransom Everglades unites a broad range of constituents to set common goals and achieve common dreams: Students, faculty, staff and parents work together to cultivate environmental awareness and stewardship, promote sustainability, and advance environmental and climate justice.

We aim to be leaders in climate change education and youth climate action in our community and among independent schools nationwide.


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  • Green Team - Middle School Students

    The middle school Green Team is open to 6th-, 7th- and 8th-grade students who have a passion for the environment, climate change, environmental justice, sustainability, and who want to help make our school more green. The Green Team works on a variety of projects including tower gardens, campus gardens, rain barrels, recycling/waste reduction, composting, climate action, eco-education, and much more. Join the Green Team to be an environmental steward for Ransom Everglades School! We need your help to promote environmental sustainability and to help plan events for the middle school community including coastal cleanups, Earth Week, and the annual RE Energy and Climate Change Symposium.

  • Environmental Sustainability Council - Upper School Students

    The Environmental Sustainability Council (ESC) is an organization for upper school students interested in activism and outreach within the general theme of environmental sustainability. The scope of projects and initiatives under the ESC is broadly inclusive, with the common theme of advancing the health, sustainability, and awareness of environmental issues on campus and beyond. The ESC's five Working Groups (WGs) reflect its thematic focus areas: Energy, Water, Waste, Land and Outreach. Each WG leads projects and initiatives centered on its particular topic. The Outreach WG works across all other WGs to provide materials and activities in support of various projects. In addition, the Outreach WG leads the development of annual Earth Week events and environmental art projects.  
    Environmental justice is an overarching theme that permeates each aspect of the ESC. For each project and initiative WGs create, outreach materials will include information on how that particular environmental issue affects minority communities and financially disadvantaged communities, and what actions can be taken from individual to international scales to mitigate such effects.

  • Environmental Sustainability Task Force - Faculty and Staff

    The Faculty/Staff Environmental Sustainability Task Force meets throughout the school year to collaborate across disciplines on eco-initiatives and course curriculum, particularly for the annual RE Energy and Climate Change Symposium. The faculty and staff also work together to support middle and upper school student initiatives.

  • Environmental Sustainability Committee - Parents' Association (REPA)

    The purpose of this committee is to support the environmental issues and initiatives of Ransom Everglades faculty and students created and implemented by the faculty and staff Sustainability Task Force, the middle school student Green Team, and the upper school student Environmental Sustainability Council. Through this parent volunteer committee, the members will seek to enable the efforts of the faculty and students through expertise, communications, resources, and helping hands so as to advance their environmental causes and efforts.

    Areas of Support:
    • School environmental sustainability events
    • Find or provide subject matter expertise to help coach or inform on an issue or initiative
    • Create awareness and support within the parent community of the issues and initiatives at Ransom Everglades concerning the environment
    • Research and provide resources to advance environmental causes


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  • Mangrove clean up nets 270 pounds of trash

    Forty-five RE students pulled 270 pounds of trash from the mangroves and Biscayne Bay shoreline at the upper school during a clean-up organized by the school's Environmental and Sustainability Council on September 18. Faculty members Scott Erdmann, Matt Stock and Kristine Stump serve as advisors to the council.
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  • Kelly Jackson

    RE names new Director of Environmental Sustainability

    Faculty member Dr. Kelly L. Jackson was named the founding Director of Environmental Sustainability at Ransom Everglades, Head of School Penny Townsend announced on June 2. The appointment, effective immediately, is designed to advance the school’s commitment to sustainable practices, climate change education and youth climate action, and to help Ransom Everglades become an independent school leader in protecting and prioritizing the environment.
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    Dr. Kelly Jackson 

    Director of Environmental Sustainability, Science Teacher
Coconut Grove, FL 33133
Middle School2045 South Bayshore DriveTel: 305-250-6850
Upper School3575 Main HighwayTel: 305-460-8800
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The mission of Ransom Everglades School is to provide an educational environment in which the pursuit of honor, academic excellence and intellectual growth is complemented by concern for the physical, cultural and character development of each student. The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.