WMS Sustainability Summary 2011-2012

Elizabeth Aldrich
WMS had a tremendous year in sustainability…read on!
By Elizabeth L. Aldrich, Ph.D., Sustainability Studies Department Chair
 
The 2011-2012 academic year at WMS was a tremendous one for sustainability-related work. Below are some highlights of the program.

 

2011 Fall Environmental Symposium – over 150 participants from throughout New England (Read the full news story here)
• Ten workshops on a range of topics from the effect of acid rain on songbirds to mindful meditation for environmental activism

• Keynote speaker: Bill McKibben, climate change activist and author
 

Campus Facilities Improvements (Read more details here)

• Wood pellet heating system installed for the McLane building that will save $40,000 per year and 280 metric tons of CO2
• Insulation, lighting and vestibule upgrades for Burroughs and Carter dorms
• Campus trails mapped and a senior gift of trails signs given

 

Sustainability Club Activities
• Northeastern boarding school winner of an electricity reduction competition called the Green Cup Challenge (Read more)
• Bioneers by the Bay Conference (add hotlink) in the fall of 2011 for 13 club members
• Student participation in local town meetings on the expansion of a landfill and the construction of a high voltage transmission line through NH
350.org Moving Planet day participation
• 350.org Connecting the Dots participation
• Weigh your dining hall food waste challenge between Light Blue and Dark Blue
• Car wash and bake sale to purchase a cookstove for a family in Guatemala
• Three documentaries and discussions shown to student body
 
New Sustainability Academic Requirements
• WMS has new Sustainability Requirements for 2012-2013. Sustainability will be infused in one course per year (9th – Biology, 10th — American History, 11th – American History), and seniors will be able to select a sustainability-related course of their choice.

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