Among the 100,000 people who gathered at New York City's Union Square for the first Earth Day celebration on April 22, 1970 were 48 Choate students. According to Choate News reporter Roger Lamay '71: "Various speakers and singers spoke and sang. Speakers included Paul Newman, Leonard Bernstein and various and sundry politicians (including New York's Mayor Lindsay) and ecologists. Singers included Tom Paxton, the cast of the musical "Hair" and Odetta singing "We Shall Overcome."
Fifty years later this seminal event has grown into robust programming around climate awareness at Choate Rosemary Hall. In 2012 the LEED-Platinum Kohler Environmental Center (KEC), a leading-edge environmental research and education center, opened. It is home to the Environmental Immersion Program, a year-long residential and interdisciplinary program open to fifth and sixth form students who have a passion for understanding and preserving our natural environment.
For many years, Environmental Action Coalition (EAC) club members, the C-Proctors, a leadership group formed in 2008, and faculty Sustainability Committee members have helped Choate become more sustainable. Not only do these groups organize activities, like the Green Cup (a winter competition monitoring energy usage) and the Hydro Cup (a spring competition monitoring water usage), they also educate the School about environmental sustainability. Each spring, they organize environment-related events for the School. This spring is no different. See how our students are celebrating environmental awareness, apart but together, in their shared mission to save Planet Earth. What are you doing this year, during quarantine, to live more sustainably? Please share and tag @choatecproctors