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 2017-18 Task Force for Sustainability

  • Becca Malloy (Sustainability Director)
  • Jeanne Simanski (Director of Human Resources)
  • Rick Couture (Director of Plant Facilities)
  • Charlie Tierney (Associate Head of School)
  • Jake Morrow (Farm Director)
  • Jeff Mott (Assistant Farm Manager)
  • Jo Douglas (Assistant Farm Manager)
  • Tabatha Collins ('92, Science Teacher)
  • Rich Messer (Director of Dining Services)
  • Jay Merrill (Assistant Director of Admissions)
  • Jonathan Farrell (’18)
  • Gemma Borra Paley (‘18)
  • Connor Wall (‘19)
  • Bill Roberts (Visual Arts Teacher)
  • Russ Powell (Religious Studies and Philosophy Teacher)
  • Taylor Washburn (Math Teacher)
  • Ian Chaehoon Lim (‘19)
  • Noah Babala-Money (‘20)
  • Annika Lotze (‘21)
  • Dameli Kaliyeva (‘18)
  • Rachel Mooers (Ecoleader, ‘18)
  • Thomas Zhang (‘20)
  • Nguyen Nguyen (‘18)
  • Svetlana Ryumina (‘18)
  • Alex Lotocki '70, P'15 (NMH Trustee)

A bird's eye view

Rob Werner ’79

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

Gretel Schatz

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

Becca Malloy

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

Mary Hefner

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

Faculty Profiles

This past summer, I increased my awareness of my identity by reconnecting with my native country, Ethiopia.


“I don’t think I would be anywhere near the person I am today if it wasn’t for NMH. It’s enlightened me about so many different things, and I’ve met people from everywhere you can imagine.”


In my old school, I never saw myself as someone who could be a Division I player one day. Now I can.


"One of my biggest influences has been my math teacher. He built this love of math in me—specifically, the idea that math can be used to interpret the world." 


"The fact that everything is here at my fingertips has really helped me grow."


"Almost all of our classes are conversation-based, which means that you're totally engaged in classroom discussion."


"I enjoy helping my friends, and it's given me a new respect for teachers. I may even go into teaching myself one day."


"In VOTES, I learned how to prepare and present—skills I drew on in Washington."


 "This year, I'm field hockey captain. I enjoy giving advice and support."


“I like that you can start completely new things. You can reinvent yourself.”


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.”

Student Profiles