Sustainability at NMH 2018

aerial view of campus in fall

Grounded in a tradition of stewardship, NMH fosters a sense of a responsibility for the environmental, economic, and social well-being of our global community.

Through immersion in our sustainable community, a graduate of NMH will:
  • Recognize and value the integrity of the natural world,
  • Understand how individual actions create collective impacts, and
  • Act in a way that secures a healthy future for all.


The NMH Task Force for Sustainability meets bi-weekly and is charged with developing and implementing a comprehensive plan to make NMH a more resilient institution and a leader in sustainability. The task force’s accomplishments include:
  • Guiding the NMH administration to commit to gold LEED certification for the Rhodes Arts Center and Bolger House,
  • Developing and implementing the NMH Green Sale, an annual back-to-school sale of gently used dorm items collected at the previous spring’s end-of-the-year move-out,
  • Creating NMH green events standards, making it possible for any NMH event to be certified as sustainable,
  • Completing the Protostar sustainability audit every two years to track our sustainability progress and compare it to that of peer schools.

Protostars Sustainability Tracking

NMH is committed to tracking and reporting its institutional sustainability as it changes over time. Once every two years, NMH voluntarily submits a full assessment of its sustainability practices to the Protostar website, hosted by the Green Schools Alliance. Other schools with strong sustainability programs also report their results, allowing us to work together toward a sustainable future.

See a full breakdown of NMH’s educational, operational, and administrative sustainability practices here and more details from NMH and our peer schools here.


The following policies guide our resource stewardship on campus.
NMH2O: NMH bans single-use water bottles.
Green restaurant certification: NMH Dining Services is a three-star-certified green restaurant.

Members of the Task Force for Sustainability

  • Becca Malloy (Sustainability Director)
  • Jeanne Simanski (Director of Human Resources)
  • Tabatha Collins ('92, Science Teacher)
  • Rich Messer (Director of Dining Services)
  • Jay Merrill (Assistant Director of Admissions)
  • Connor Wall (‘19)
  • Taylor Washburn (Math Teacher)
  • Ian Chaehoon Lim (‘19)
  • Noah Babala-Money (‘20)
  • Annika Lotze (‘21)
  • Thomas Zhang (‘20)
  • Tim Relyea (History and Social Sciences Department Chair)
  • Grace Lee ('20)
  • Jack Merrill ('22)
  • Jack Rice ('21)
  • Alex Fan ('21)
  • Clara Wang ('21)
  • Zara Peh ('20)

A bird's eye view

Rob Werner ’79

This environmental lobbyist wants to talk to you about climate change.

Tabatha Collins

Struggling in a class doesn't mean that you are not good at it.

Camryn Crocker

I ask myself, “What would I want if I were a student here?”

Gretel Schatz

I want dance students to engage their own memory and intellect.

Hugh Silbaugh

"I’m a teacher and a dean. Teaching always comes first."

Becca Malloy

Science isn't just talk, but it certainly helps.

Mary Hefner

I love teaching AP Bio. The kids are highly motivated.


“The best thing about NMH is the connections you make.” 


“NMH challenges students to innovate and persevere while keeping in mind the effects of our actions on the community."


“This community gives me the resources to grow as a student and discover passions I never knew I had.” 


“I am confident in myself and my abilities to succeed, thanks to NMH.”


"I love the freedom I have to explore what I am passionate about."


"NMH gives us space to experiment and gradually to grow into ourselves."


"I noticed how welcoming everyone was when I first came to campus.”


“The first step to excelling at NMH is embracing your own individuality.” 


“I appreciate the bond faculty and students have at NMH.”


"The community at NMH is unlike any I’ve ever known, and for that I am grateful.”


"NMH allows me to be myself in the classroom and ensures I am an articulate, curious, and courageous student.”


“I was initially surprised by how relaxed, yet academic, the environment is."


Dance has taken this creative learner on an artistic journey. 

Xiaoxian (Lily)

 “My teachers told me to use my own voice, and they pushed me to think about what I really believed in.”


"The curriculum here is hard, but it’s the right amount of hard."


“The academics are extremely rigorous, but because of the way teachers present things, it’s like, ‘I have school today!’”


“The learning you can do in a study-abroad program can outweigh anything else you can do even at a school like this.” 


“NMH encouraged me to explore new things, try everything, and see what’s best for me.”


“You’ll always find a place here as long as you just be yourself.”


“There is a community here that cares about you.”