NMH, located on a beautiful hillside in western Massachusetts, has a deep and longstanding commitment to living responsibly on the land. You’ll see it in our classes: in a required ninth-grade humanities course you’ll investigate human identity and the nature of place through literature and religious studies; in environmental studies classes that explore the science of what it means to live sustainably; and every February you’ll participate in the Green Cup Challenge, an intraschool competition to reduce electricity consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. NMH helped start the contest in 2006, and it has grown to involve more than 1,600 schools around the world.
The NMH Task Force for Sustainability and student Ecoleaders take an active role in reducing our impact on the planet. The Task Force, made up of students, faculty, and staff, meets monthly to guide the school’s environmental policies. Ecoleaders are a band of students whose "workjob" is to initiate and carry out sustainable practices. One such way was to collect from recycling bins clean paper that had been printed on one side only. Ecoleaders bound the pages together to make and sell notepads called Sustainable Scribbles. Price? One buck (a small price to pay for making a big difference!).