After a sit-down meal, Sustainability Coordinator and science teacher Jeffrey Jewett announced that the Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee was looking for a new member from the class of 2015. Many students were unclear what ESAC’s role on campus was.
“It’s not that students don’t know about us because they don’t care. We’re just not very known on campus at this point,” said Elizabeth Eastman ’13.
ESAC is comprised of students John Marsh ’12, Eastman, Tripp Kaelin ’14, and a member of the class of 2015 (yet to be named as of publication) and is lead by Mr. Jewett.
ESAC is involved in many important projects around campus. Some of their prior projects include helping the dining hall find a more eco-friendly dishwasher, eliminating bottled water on campus and adding hydration stations, and making sure that the new dorm will be as eco-friendly as possible.
Certain projects can be difficult and require a lot of work as members try to balance both cost and disturbance to student life.
“There’s been a lot of debate about using materials for the new dorm that would be more eco-friendly but more expensive¬—like paint with fewer toxins. The idea of banning student fridges in the dorms was that they would replace the fridges with bigger, newer ones [in common rooms], but I’m not sure if that has happened yet,” explained Marsh.
“There’s a lot of things Deerfield is doing well already, but there is a lot of waste,” suggested Mr. Jewett, when asked if Deerfield could be doing more to benefit the environment.
The project that ESAC is currently working on is a page-long mission statement that sets goals for the school in terms of sustainability.
“The senior staff has approved it, and we’re hoping that the board of trustees will approve it,” said Jewett.
Marsh hopes that the mission statement will allow Deerfield to become more focused on being green in all areas of school life.
“The biggest thing [when implementing new ideas] is getting the students’ approval. Deerfield students don’t really like change,” commented Marsh.