Many people associate sustainability with environmental issues, but it begins with a much broader and far-reaching question: How can we meet our present needs without jeopardizing opportunities for future generations to meet theirs?
Sustainability embraces not only the natural world, but also economic development, food production, energy and social organization. Campus sustainability means acting with the long term in mind, in our classrooms and in our institutional practices.
Exeter is committed to addressing sustainability in all aspects of school life. The aim is to make sustainable behavior as much a part of "the Exeter way" as greeting one another on the school paths or offering a wave of thanks to drivers who stop for us at crossings.
While Exeter has made great strides towards making the school culture more sustainable, there is still more to do. Peruse the following pages to learn more about our current sustainability focused practices, courses, institutional operations, and student organizations.
Environmental Mission Statement
Phillips Exeter Academy must be committed to stewardship of the environment. Recognizing we are all but one small part of the natural world, we must value, protect, preserve, and replenish natural resources. While our actions are local, our reach is global.
We must foster a culture of environmental awareness, which should be integral to our community in all venues of daily life, on and off campus—where we learn, where we work, where we live, and where we play. In practice, we need to respect our environment, reduce our consumption, and recycle to ensure that the natural resources we treasure are preserved and sustained for the future.
As an institution, our priorities, decisions, and actions will be informed by their environmental impact. We should pay particular attention to the use of our land, the construction and renovation of our facilities, our consumption of energy and other resources, and our choices of transportation.
The Academy must educate our entire community about environmental issues and sound environmental practices. To address that part of the Academy's mission that seeks to graduate young people "whose interest in others and the world around them surpasses their self concern," we must be vigilant in our efforts to prepare future generations for stewardship of the environment.