Beginning with our youngest learners, students at Riverdale Country develop an appreciation for the natural environment through “garden to table” activities and explorations of the surrounding urban forest. “These experiential learning opportunities help students understand the importance of environmental stewardship, and they begin making connections between concepts of sustainability,” says Dr. James Duval, Associate Head of School, Head of Lower School, and TEDx RiverdaleCountrySchool lead organizer.

With Riverdale Country School’s mission and commitment to change our world for the good, we seek ways to connect our vision with thought leaders from around the globe, including from our extended community of alumni, parents, and community leaders. Riverdale is a place where individuals come to find inspiration and share solutions grounded in a deep and meaningful exchange of ideas.

In May of 2024, Riverdale will once again stage a TEDx event and host a collection of speakers who are transforming the way we think about sustainability in urban environments. “Our goal is to have a combination of speakers from within and outside the school community and have Riverdale serve as the central hub for synergistic learning,” says Dr. James Duval, Associate Head of School and Head of Lower School, who serves as Riverdale’s lead organizer of its TEDx event. “We are inviting those involved in the exciting work of urban sustainability to apply to speak at our event,” adds Dr. Duval. 

TED, which began in 1984, is an organization and conference where technology, entertainment, and design converge, and where initiatives from science to business are presented. TEDx is a grassroots initiative, which brings TED’s mission of “ideas worth spreading” to local communities. There are more than 3,000 TEDx events held annually, all over the world.

Call for Presentations and More Information

The best way to learn more about TEDx RiverdaleCountrySchool is to visit the event website, which includes information about the theme, Urbanism Unlocked, and the application for prospective speakers. “We are looking forward to receiving speaker applications from alumni and parents,” says Dr. Duval. “We also hope community members will spread the word about this event if they know someone doing creative and innovative work related to sustainability.” .”

“We will share more information as we finalize our selection of speakers,” says Dr. Duval. “We will also provide details about how to attend in person or join us via livestream.” In the meantime, for any inquiries, please email

Finally, Dr. Duval added, “This is an exciting moment for Riverdale as we highlight the convergence of curiosity and purpose to create positive and vital change.”