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Sustainability was a shared core value that came out of our Imagine 2020 Conference in 2006 that included 70 stakeholders in the Catlin Gabel school community. Participants spent many hours going over what we felt our students most needed to be responsible citizens in our future world. 

In 2007, 45 members of the school community, including staff, faculty, students, parents, and alumni, were trained in the Natural Step process that encourages systems-thinking to create the conditions for profound change to occur. This process has been used by a number of businesses and colleges and is part of a global effort to inspire organizations to work together to build a sustainable society. The training involved four half-day meetings and an all-day Saturday meeting.