Sustainability Commitments and Reports

Exeter students cut dead branches off trees in the woodlands.

Environmental Mission Statement

Phillips Exeter Academy must be committed to stewardship of the environment.  Recognizing we are all but one small part of the natural world, we must value, protect, preserve and replenish natural resources.  While our actions are local, our reach is global.

We must foster a culture of environmental awareness, which should be integral to our community in all venues of daily life, on and off campus—where we learn, where we work, where we live and where we play. In practice, we need to respect our environment, reduce our consumption and recycle to ensure that the natural resources we treasure are preserved and sustained for the future.

As an institution, our priorities, decisions and actions will be informed by their environmental impact. We should pay particular attention to the use of our land, the construction and renovation of our facilities, our consumption of energy and other resources, and our choices of transportation.

The Academy must educate our entire community about environmental issues and sound environmental practices. To address that part of the Academy's mission that seeks to graduate young people "whose interest in others and the world around them surpasses their self-concern," we must be vigilant in our efforts to prepare future generations for stewardship of the environment.

Exeter campus seen from above with green leaf superimposed

The Exeter Bulletin

How green is Exeter?

Exeter student in the Design Lab shows off paper she has made.


This paper doesn't grow on trees

Greenhouse Gas Reports

Summary of Work

The Environmental Stewardship Committee is currently working to develop the Academy’s first Climate Action Plan (CAP). The CAP will set forth ambitious goals that will guide sustainability work at the Academy for years to come.  We hope to share an initial draft of the CAP with the broader PEA community and provide opportunities for stakeholders to submit feedback in the near future. 

Environmental Stewardship Committee

The Environmental Stewardship Committee meets twice a month during the school year and is comprised of: Warren Biggins, Manager of Sustainability & Natural Resources; Andrew McTammany, Science Instructor & Sustainability Education Coordinator; Jason BreMiller, English Instructor; Sydnee Goddard, Science Instructor; Betsy Stevens, Science Instructor; Heather Taylor, Campus Planner and Architect, and Melinda Leonard, Director of Dining Services.