Suffield Celebrates Earth Day
In honor of Earth Day on April 22, Yale's Assistant Director of Sustainability Melissa Goodall spoke at Chapel. Prior to joining Yale, Melissa worked as an international environmental policy project manager for the United Nations Development Program in New York and Buenos Aires. She is also the author of various publications on global awareness and environmental change. During Monday's presentation, Melissa spoke about the contributing factors to the Greenhouse Effect such as skyscrapers, traffic, meat production, and other non-recycable goods that ultimately have a detrimental impact on our environment. She gave helpful tips to the Suffield community on how they can help conserve energy: reduce the amount of tech gadgets they own, unplug power cords when they're not being used, recycle plastics, and reconsider what they eat, ending her presentation with the saying, "If it's bad for you, it's probably bad for the environment." Melissa emphasized that environmental awareness and sustainability is more than just "unplugging and tree-hugging," it's a way of life that will significantly improve the way we leave the planet for the generations to follow.
After Chapel, Suffield students partipated in various Earth Day activities with their advisors. Activities included planting in campus gardens and at Oxen Hill Farm, nature walks, creating recycled vases, and beautifying various areas of the Suffield campus.