The Sustainability Research Center

Chappaqua Central School District Receives $1.5 Million Donation to Build The Sustainability Research Center at Horace Greeley High School

September 22, 2020 – (Chappaqua, NY) Chappaqua Central School District received a $1.5 million donation to build a Sustainability Research Center at Horace Greeley High School. The gift was presented by donor Catherine James Paglia of the Robert and Ardis James Foundation to Chappaqua School Foundation President, Tara Brandoff.

"My brother Robert James, Jr. was a proud graduate of Horace Greeley High School, Class of 1969, and it is a privilege for my family to make this donation in his memory. He would have been so pleased to know that future Horace Greeley students will be able to pursue their dreams of scientific research in this state-of-the-art facility,” said Catherine James Paglia of the Robert and Ardis James Foundation.

Rendering and Robert James, Jr.

The Sustainability Research Center (SRC) at Greeley is designed to be a free-standing, 2000 sq. ft, climate-controlled, multi-zoned, glass research laboratory. (Click on the video link above to see an architectural rendering.)

“This is an incredible donation from the James Foundation that will help bring to life a valuable educational facility,” said Brandoff. “We are thankful that Catherine James Paglia's passion for the environment is a match for this innovative project. The Chappaqua School Foundation looks forward to partnering with the Foundation and the District in this groundbreaking initiative.”

The SRC will be an inclusive environment where students can conduct biological and ecological research year-round. “We are thrilled to receive this generous gift from the Robert and Ardis James Foundation,” said Superintendent Dr. Christine Ackerman. “It is our responsibility to prepare our students to understand and address the impacts of climate change on our global community. CCSD is responding to this growing area of post-secondary study and professional work by providing a high quality education in the field of sustainability in our new facility.”

Donation Presentation

The Sustainability Research Center has been made possible by the generosity of the Robert and Ardis James Foundation, the Chappaqua School Foundation and the Chappaqua PTA. CCSD is very fortunate to have wonderful alumni and partners in our community who support progressive educational experiences for our students.

Construction on the project is anticipated to begin on July 1, 2021.