Grade 5 students at the Ras Beirut Elementary have started their quest to pursue several sustainable development initiatives in their LEED Gold building. More than 20 students signed up this year and, working in groups, they have researched a variety of important elements to be addressed at school: energy efficiency, water conservation, and composting as well as herbs, fruits and vegetables for their new ‘Edible Garden.’ Shortly, new switch-off signs will be produced for lighting and desktops as well as how to conserve water one drop at a time. Developing their social skills and environmental knowledge are just two key elements of this program. Commitment, a core IB PYP attitude, is a pre-requisite and something the students have shown in abundance, happy to forego two of their recesses during the week to work on the projects. One final element, and arguably the most exciting for the students, is that of being a global citizen, with the culmination of their work seeing them write and submit essays to Rainforest Trust, UK. It is a particularly exciting time with the soon to be released 2015 SDGs providing a framework and inspiration for sustainable development initiatives.