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.
Download the full 2011-2012 Sustainability Update here.
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.