WMS Hosts Senators & State Energy Leaders for “Earth Week”
How does the first boarding school to have a dedicated Sustainability Studies Department honor Earth Day? We’ve turned it into a week with a guest speaker, an all-school activity and a roundtable discussion with senators.
Today sets off a week of events around sustainability studies at WMS. Elizabeth Aldrich, Director of Sustainability Studies, and White Mountain School students have organized a program that reflects the school’s long-held respect for its natural setting in the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire.
This morning, students and teachers were treated to an engaging presentation about “eco villages,” intentional communities built on principles of sustainability and education. A member of La Cite Ecologique of New Hampshire spoke at Morning Meeting about the values and practices of the community and other similar communities around the world. We learned how the community works together to live sustainaby and support itself financially through a number of goods and services that it offers the outside world, like its organic farm and recycling business.
This Thursday students and teachers will participate in an all-school trash audit to categorize waste materials and determine how we can make better use of our recycling programs. The Sustainability Studies Department has identified a number of different categories into which the waste from dormitories and academic buildings will be sorted. All materials will be collected and weighed and the results of the audit will be shared with the full community.
On Friday The White Mountain School will host state energy leaders as they tour Grafton County to learn about alternative fuel and fuel efficiency programs. Senator Jeff Woodburn will lead a group, including Senator Dan Feltes, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee, Meredith Hatfield, Director of the State Office of Energy and Planning, and Karen Crampton, Deputy Director of the Office of Energy and Planning.
The tour will include breakfast in North Woodstock, a tour of White Mountain Biodiesel in Haverhill, a roundtable discussion at The White Mountain School in Bethlehem, and a tour of the Student Showcase at Plymouth State University. White Mountain School faculty and students will give the group a tour of the school’s renewable energy facilities. After the tour, they will engage in an energy policy roundtable discussion. White Mountain School sustainability studies students, science faculty, and facilities staff will participate in the discussion on the school’s planning, retrofitting, and construction of energy efficient facilities that make use of renewable energy sources.