Deerfield Academy has adopted a forward-looking sustainability mission statement (below) and has created a Sustainability Action Plan to help us bring our community together on this important issue.
Deerfield Academy Sustainability Mission Statement
Deerfield Academy seeks to preserve our heritage by operating in a manner that sustains our natural and human resources for future generations. Through an intentional program both in and outside of the classroom, Deerfield Academy will educate all its members on local and global impacts of personal and institutional choices, encouraging long-term thinking and modeling environmental best practices.
Deerfield Academy has supported the economic and ecological health of the Pioneer Valley for over two centuries while creating a world-class educational community. We have been good stewards of our land, our community, and our history, while training generations of students to become local, national, and international leaders. Over time, however, changes in both technology and human population have created the necessity to adjust both the way we think and the way we operate. There are choices to be made. From the food we serve, to the care of our athletic fields, to how we heat our buildings in the winter, our decisions matter. Some choices will sustain our communities, while other options could degrade ecological, societal, and physical health, both at Deerfield and around the globe. In order for our graduates to be equipped to evaluate such options we must model exemplary environmental stewardship and educate our students to do the same. In light of these considerations, Deerfield Academy makes the following commitment to sustainability.