Environmental responsibility is an essential part of a Deerfield education. The Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee (ESAC) is composed of faculty, staff, one student representative from each grade, the Sustainability Coordinator and the Environmental Management Coordinator. ESAC advises the Head of School in methods to improve Deerfield’s environmental education, practices, and operational performance.
- In recent years, ESAC helped with the adoption of our school’s Sustainability Mission Statement and has played a key role in creating a comprehensive Sustainability Action Plan.
- Now, ESAC is engaged in discussions about how to communicate and lead the ongoing changes to more sustainable habits and practices.
- In its early years, ESAC was the driving force behind the energy dashboard and also led an initiative to install water-bottle filling stations, which led to a marked reduction in single-use plastic bottles.
Student Member Responsibilities
Members of the committee are expected to attend regular meetings (generally 2-3 times per month), which may occur before school, after school, or during lunch. In between meetings, members often have homework assignments such as researching more sustainable building materials, interviewing employees or students about sustainable practices, and helping to plan a project.
Being a member of ESAC you will help shape the future of Deerfield and help to make it a more sustainable place to live and learn. Being on ESAC also requires commitment: to attend meetings, contribute your best ideas, listening respectfully to others, and to do your work to help advance the efforts of the group.
Students are expected to stay on the committee all of their remaining years at Deerfield in order to allow long term projects to come to fruition. For most students, this will mean a 4-year committee membership.