Loomis Chaffee celebrated Earth Week April 15–22 with a program of activities and events ranging from student-led panel discussions and presentations to syrup-tasting and an open-mic night.
The school’s Alvord Center for Global & Environmental Studies organized the events in collaboration with several other campus groups and offices.
The celebrations began on Friday, April 15, with the screening of a documentary from the Mountain Film Festival. The Mountain Film Festival describes itself as “an inspiring program of films that explore themes connected to Mountainfilm’s mission of using the power of film, art and ideas to inspire audiences to create a better world.”
On Saturday, Loomis students enjoyed pancakes doused with LC maple syrup made by student environmental proctors under the direction of faculty members Jeff Dyreson, a science teacher and associate director of the Alvord Center, and Mike Donegan, a dean of students.
Marcia I. Pescador Jimenez, an expert on the effect of natural surroundings on people’s happiness, spent Tuesday, April 19, on campus, delivering a convocation address and visiting classes to further discuss her research and findings and her professional background. Using geographic data obtained from Google Street View along with deep learning algorithms, she and her team found that exposure to green space early in life promotes good health later in life, she explained. She also described a positive correlation between levels of green-space exposure and scores on cognition tests.
Environmental writer Adam Rome ’76 met with student writers on Wednesday, April 20, for a "Dinner and a Draft" event. And a student panel discussion, an Earth Week open mic, a planting activity and sale, a mural-making event, and participation in a town of Windsor cleanup effort rounded out the week.
In addition to the Alvord Center, the Norton Family Center for the Common Good, student environmental proctors, College-Level Environmental Science classes, LC Writing Initiatives, the Katherine Brush Library, the Performing Arts Department, the Loomis Chaffee Pancake Society, the Pearse Hub for Innovation (PHI), and the Shultz Fellows helped to sponsor the week of events.
A gallery of photos from the Earth Week celebrations is available for viewing.