Sustainability at Exeter

Rising to the challenge

Exeter is dedicated to engaging our entire community about the challenges posed by climate change, and to empowering our students to become future environmental leaders. It is with this duty in mind that we publish the Academy's first sustainability and climate action plan, Building from Strength Toward a Zero Carbon Future.

Our plan is guided by a renewed mission statement and three overarching goals:

  • Ensure that every student graduates from Exeter with a fundamental understanding of the principles of sustainability and the issues posed by climate change.
  • Reduce scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions (2005 baseline) 75% by 2031 and achieve zero carbon emissions by 2050.
  • Integrate principles of sustainability into all Exeter programs and operations.

If Exeter is to create a truly sustainable campus and meet our responsibilities to future generations, we must set ambitious goals that match the urgency and scope of the climate crisis.

Read our plan

The Academy's first comprehensive sustainability and climate action plan.

What we're doing

Our Mission & Our Progress

A renewed environmental mission statement provides our community a clear path to follow. See how we're doing.

Go to the page titled Our Mission & Our Progress

Education and Outreach

Our curricular and experiential learning programs provide opportunities to explore the issues of sustainability and climate change in the classroom and in the field.

Go to the page titled Education and Outreach

School Operations

Consideration of the environment influences nearly all aspects of school life. The Academy has integrated sustainable principles into all our programs and operations.

Go to the page titled School Operations

Chart a course

The Academy Woodlands are home to over 7 miles of trails for hiking and biking.

Go to the page titled Chart a course


Human Populations & Resource Consumption

In this course students consider human impact on the environment.

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More about this course
We need to take care of our one planet. All of us have a role to play. Exonians can help find answers to our greatest challenges, and can help lead the way.”
Principal Bill Rawson ’71; P’08
exeter students demonstrate sustainable efforts with recycled paper

Excycle at Exeter

After auditing paper usage at Exeter, a group of students decided it was time to take matters into their own hands in order to create a more sustainable model.

Meet our team

Warren Biggins — Manager of Sustainability and Natural Resources

Patrick Kelly — Sustainability Education Coordinator


Environmental Stewardship Committee

The Environmental Stewardship Committee meets twice a month during the school year and is comprised of: Warren Biggins, Manager of Sustainability & Natural Resources; Patrick Kelly, Religion Instructor & Sustainability Education Coordinator; Jason BreMiller, English Instructor; Sydnee Goddard, Science Instructor; Betsy Stevens, Science Instructor; Heather Taylor, Campus Planner and Architect, and Melinda Leonard, Director of Dining Services.