Environmental Sustainability

Students committed to environmental sustainability think globally and act locally. Loomis’ distinctive pairing of environmental and global studies within the Alvord Center provide both the inspiration and opportunities you will need to expand your knowledge of environmental issues, enhance your learning through place-based experiences both on and off campus, develop the skills you need to take ideas from your head to the outside world, and become an action-driven steward of the environment.

As an environmental studies student at Loomis your learning will extend far beyond the classroom. Our 300-acre campus and community of more than 1,000 students, faculty, and staff provide both a dynamic learning laboratory where you can conduct research and a community in which you can take action and make a difference. Many of our students also find inspiration for their work off campus while on one of the school’s many international education program trips.

Through the Alvord Center and in collaboration with faculty and your peers, you will discover the power of engaged citizenship and find that your local actions can have a global impact. You also will find a community dedicated to the activism required to enact lasting, positive change.

Read about some recent student initiatives and our environmental sustainability programs below.


Solar Array at the Loomis Chaffee School

Student inspires installation of largest solar array by a K through 12 educational institution in Connecticut

Inspired by his studies of renewable energy in his junior-year environmental studies class, Jason Liu ’17 asked, “Why can’t we have solar power at Loomis Chaffee?” That question led to an independent study project and collaboration with Alvord Center faculty, culminating in the construction of a one-megawatt photovoltaic solar array that annually produces approximately 20% of Loomis Chaffee’s electricity.

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Student activists demand action on climate change

More than 100 Loomis Chaffee students participated in a Youth Climate Strike demonstration at Connecticut’s State Capitol Building to demand immediate action on global climate change.




Ag- and E- Proctors in Gilchrist

Students lead as Environmental Proctors

Looking to take a leadership role on campus? Student e-proctors focus on environmental sustainability awareness and programming for the Loomis Chaffee community.

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Gilchrist Environmental Fellowship

The Gilchrist Environmental Fellowship program provides grants for student-initiated environmental sustainability projects on the Loomis Chaffee campus.

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Hydroponic Garden

Self-sustaining hydroponic garden — a Gilchrist Fellowship project.



Guided Environmental Research Project Presentation

Guided Environmental Research Project

The Guided Environmental Research Project, a half course offered through the Science Department, is a hands-on/experiential learning approach to environmental stewardship and sustainability using Loomis Chaffee as a location of study and action. While investigating themes of waste management, energy conservation, water demands, and agriculture, students research and organize action plans and propose specific sustainability projects which they carry out in the spring term.

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Land Use

Loomis’ agricultural roots continue to inspire on-campus environmental sustainability initiatives that engage students and faculty in actively working the land on campus. Check out our land use photo gallery.


Loomis Chaffee Land Use Program