Environmental Initiatives

Environmental efforts at Suffield Academy are woven throughout our everyday life. They range from infrastructure initiatives and course offerings to school awards and upcoming school projects.

"When you care about the environment, you feel as if you are never doing enough. I am extremely proud of the Suffield Academy community and the efforts that are underway both on a personal and community level." Headmaster Charlie Cahn

Ongoing Environmental Initiatives

Course offerings that teach sustainability awareness

Offering SOLO to increase students appreciation of the outdoors

Student organizations such as the Student Council’s Green Team and TREE (Teaching Responsible Environmental Ethics), which host films, speakers, outdoor activities, and other events

Annual Earth Day celebration with guest speakers, educational workshops, and conservation activities

Balance Barn—a space to re-invigorate student & faculty connection to themselves and the Earth

Using many in season organic & local foods for dining hall including yogurt, granola, fruits & vegetables

Encouraging reusable mugs in dining hall to reduce demand for disposables

Using post consumer recycled materials around campus—toilet paper, paper cups, cleaning supplies

Environmental Initiatives Accomplishments

Joined the U.S. Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools

Joined the Green School Alliance at the Climate Steward Level

Won awards for student videos produced for the Green School Alliance

Included green architectural features into new buildings such as the green roof and living wall in Holcomb

Installed solar panel array at the SOLO Barn

Renovated the pond, landscape and lean-to at the Parker Regan Memorial

Labeled trees on campus to highlight biodiversity

Added natural gas heating capabilities and laid underground piping to major buildings

Updated efficiency for Suffield’s major boilers

Re-lamped campus buildings for low wattage bulbs and installed motion sensors in dorms

Installed water filter systems in dorms and offices

Implemented a single stream collection for campus recycling program
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