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Green genes: Exeter is devoted to Mother Earth

Patrick Garrity
Exonians embrace the planet and their responsibility to care for it.
April 25, 2018

Exeter strives to be a responsible steward of the environment. From the 13 environmental clubs on campus to the scores of geothermal wells beneath the lawns to the 1,552 solar panels on the field house roof, caring for the natural world is a big part of who we are. 

Or, as Liam Walsh '19 succinctly puts it: “I like this world. I’d rather it wasn’t boiling.”

That's why every spring we take the rare step of postponing class to walk the walk. Four years ago, Community Action Day was recast as Climate Action Day in order to sharpen the focus of daylong volunteerism around environmental issues. Earlier incarnations were Cleanup Day and Environmental Day.

This year's edition of Climate Action Day arrives Friday, with plenty of hands-on learning opportunities and insightful discussion filling the schedule. Ahead of CAD'18, here is a selection from our archives illustrating Exeter's ongoing commitment to the environment:

Big Red gets a little more green

Author Bill McKibben's keynote address highlighted the inaugural Climate Action Day in 2015, asking "why is it, having won the argument, are we losing the fight" to change our behavior and slow climate change. Watch McKibben's address 



Exeter Innovates: New courses challenge old constructs

The Green Umbrella Learning Lab affords students passionate about environmental causes the opportunity to enact change by doing real work in sustainability. GULL was one of five courses offered in the debut year of Exeter Innovates classes. Read about GULL  


Exeter gets hands dirty to confront climate change

It rained and rained and rained some more on last year's Climate Action Day, but the soggy weather did nothing to dampen the spirits of students hoping to inspire meaningful change. Read about CAD 2017



Exeter biology teachers visit Yellowstone

When Exeter's biology teachers want to better understand an ecosystem, they go right to the source. Seven teachers traveled west to experience one of the largest temperate-zone ecosystems on Earth and the world’s first national park, Yellowstone. Read about their travels

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