WMS Sustainability Department in the News

Biocycle staff writer
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The article below appeared in this month’s BioCycle magazine.

October 2011, pg. 14
Staff writer

Bethlehem, New Hampshire

The White Mountain School in Bethlehem, New Hampshire, an independent boarding school for grades 9-12, established a sustainability department in 2001. “This program has allowed the School to build a strong academic program called Leadership for Global Sustainability and empowered students to reduce their impact on the earth,” say Elizabeth Aldrich, Chair of the School’s Sustainability Studies Department. In 2010, she says, students helped plant and harvest 2,670 pounds of vegetables, 11 gallons of syrup and several hundred eggs from a garden, chicken coop and sugaring house on campus. The garden is nourished with compost from the campus’s food scraps, and syrup is boiled with fuel from the campus woodlot.

Physical buildings on campus also mirror the school’s strong efforts in sustainability. For example, the Fred Steele Science Center built in 2006 features composting toilets and roof-mounted solar panels. An Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant awarded through the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act combined with assistance from the New Hampshire State Office of Energy and Planning funded insulation and energy efficiency improvements in several dormitories, says Aldrich. The School’s main building will soon be heated with wood pellets. “These improvements were made after an energy audit and student-led greenhouse gas inventory of the campus,” she says.
The School’s sustainability efforts and international service projects earned it an outstanding achievement award from the National Association of Independent Schools’ Leading Edge Program in 2007, and the Edward E. Ford Foundation recognized the unique strength of the school’s sustainability department by providing $50,000 in annual scholarships for students with a passion for sustainability studies.


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