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For CA to envision its next 200 years, the school community recognizes the need to put environmental sustainability at the forefront of education. From student leadership clubs to celebrations of Earth Day, energy saving investments and gardens and trails across the 104–acre campus to class curriculum, Cheshire Academy is committed to a globally sustainable future.

Katie Cooper, Sustainability Coordinator

Sustainability is an integral part of our community. CA promotes respect for the natural world, a sense of responsibility towards future generations, and global citizenship through curricular, co-curricular, service, and afternoon activities. We aim to inspire our students to become leaders who strive to incorporate environmental stewardship into every aspect of campus life by modeling what we teach through our institutional practices.

Our ongoing sustainability initiatives are designed to reduce our carbon footprint and to raise awareness about the importance of conserving our planet, including:

  • Single-stream recycling system
  • Bottle-filling water stations around campus
  • Solar panels
  • Green Move-Out in each dorm
  • Textile recycling
  • Used clothing racks in each dorm
  • CA apparel and textbook buy-back and resell program (in the works)
  • Composting system (in the works)
  • Campus activities, including beach clean-ups and attending conferences on sustainability.


While all classes here educate students on how to be good stewards, some classes converse deeply about how they can make positive and lasting impacts to better our communities, and the environment as a whole. Starting in the 9th-grade year, and continuing through the PG program, there are offerings available in a number of academic departments.

Modeling Climate Change

Students enrolled in the Modeling Climate Change course explore how economic models and projects are affected by climate trends, the business of sustainable energy, and the role that changes in weather patterns are playing in war zones, migration and immigration, radicalism, and natural disaster cleanup and recovery.

The Environment,
Justice, and You

9th-grade seminar – This course demonstrates the ways that environment and justice intersect, and how individuals can work to understand and take action against injustice. Students explore current environmental justice issues and learn how to see inequities through a multi-modal lens.

Global Issues

Students in the postgraduate program all participate in this global investigation of interconnected topics. An investigation into the historical causes of climate change, its modern-day impacts and the many policy debates surrounding the fight to combat these current and future impacts takes students around the globe from Washington D.C., to small Pacific Island nations.


The Eco Leaders is a student-driven organization dedicated to advancing environmental sustainability at the individual, local, and national levels. Students lead campus and community projects such as beach cleanups, Earth Day celebrations, dorm recycling, and much more.


Students and faculty at CA volunteer with the Coalition for a Sustainable Cheshire, a nonprofit organization that facilitates collaboration between local organizations, government, and citizens for implementing environmentally sustainable, culturally vibrant, and socially equitable projects that improve the quality of life for Cheshire residents.


229-kilowatt solar array through the CAIS consortium, installed on the facilities building, Gideon Welles Dining Commons, John J. White ’38 Science and Technology Center, and Woodbury Hall. The array is expected to generate an estimated 320,000 kilowatt-hours per year.

LED lighting implemented in 2019.

earth day

Held annually on campus, the Cheshire community gathers on Earth Day to discuss the most pressing issues facing the environment, and how students can help serve as stewards of the Earth for generations to come. Each year offers a new theme, with the most recent being “When the World Works Together.” Invited speakers from around the globe meet with students in person and virtually to educate global sustainability.


These bottle filling stations have been installed in all common spaces on campus, significantly cutting back on the number of plastic bottles being sent to landfills. The stations have filters to reduce lead and other contaminants from getting into the water, offer touchless sensor activation for easy and hygienic use, and have an auto shutoff to prevent accidental spillage.


“The Eco Leaders organization was where I learned to communicate ideas about the environment, hold club meetings, and organize events. Now at Union College and as a board member for the U-Sustain club, I deliver bi-weekly presentations on environmental news, conservation topics, and explorations into different areas of the sustainability field. I certainly see environmental activism as a large part of my future.”

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