Suffield Academy has installed a 600-kilowatt solar power array projected to produce 790kW of energy per year. It is located on the western portion of campus with trenching that connects it to the Ap Seaverns Athletic Center. Solar energy will cover around a quarter of Suffield’s annual use and the system can be expanded over time.
Sustainability is the fastest area of growth in all aspects of life and these concepts are crucial to securing a healthy future for our planet. Guided by these goals, it is now up to all of us to implement these environmental initiatives.
Suffield Academy maintains a strong focus on using resources responsibly and growing awareness of our carbon footprint. This includes educational programs, campus construction, and various school awards and annual activities. Suffield proudly supports the 17 global goals for sustainable development in all areas of campus life. The United Nations established the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015 as an effort to “transform our world” by 2030. These goals—and 169 associated targets at its core—aim to end poverty, fight inequality, and stop climate change.
When you care about the environment, you feel as if you are never doing enough to protect it. I am extremely proud of Suffield’s effort to weave environmental initiatives into our everyday life on campus. It is an important aspect of our Leadership Program to recognize our role in sustainable development at both a personal and community level.
Charlie Cahn, Head of School
To sustain our community and support economic growth, the physical plant at our school maintains ongoing initiatives to reduce our carbon footprint and operating expenses. The utilization of affordable, clean energy is a major way we demonstrate responsible consumption while respecting a global climate and life below water and on land.
Sustainability is impossible without quality education. Suffield’s core curriculum centers on providing a robust, diverse learning environment. From math and sciences to technology, arts, and languages, Suffield’s academics assert that knowledge is a vehicle for change.
There is no better example of Suffield’s commitment to global sustainability than the annually selected community charity. For nearly 15 years Suffield’s charitable initiatives have supported a wide range of global goals.
Suffield is proud of its talented faculty and is committed to providing an array of vehicles for them to grow as educators and people. To enable faculty members to engage in nontraditional study in order to become more effective teachers and scholars, summer sabbatical funds are available.
Suffield Academy has several initiatives aimed at increasing sustainability and decreasing unnecessary waste. In addition to working with Blue Earth Compost in the dining hall, the school supplies each individual member of its community with a YETI reusable tumbler.
The Leadership Program at Suffield is of lasting significance and greatly enhances our role as global citizens. It prepares students and alumni to make a substantial difference beyond our campus. Core elements include an emphasis on understanding a moral foundation, goal-setting, communication skills, problem-solving, self-awareness, and inspiring others. It is in this way we fully embrace our partnerships with the 17 global goals for sustainable development. Only by working together can we secure a future for our planet. Suffield recognizes leadership in several ways: