You might be surprised by how far HMS has moved toward sustainability in the past few years!

Guided by the work of Buildings and Grounds Manager, Ann Ganter, the largest reduction in our carbon footprint has been in energy consumption for the Main Building, where last year, two boilers consumed 2586 gallons of fuel oil.

This winter, by combining the installation of four heat pumps with a lower default thermostat setting and automatic conservation during off-hours, we have reduced oil consumption by an incredible 81%, or 490 gallons to date!

Which brings us to electricity. As Ann puts it, “We are lucky to live in New York state,” which has set an ambitious goal of 75% renewable energy by 2030. Marbletown is also leading the way toward renewables, purchasing wind and solar energy town-wide.

More good news: Ann, along with other local organizations, has worked with Town Supervisor, Rich Parete, to change laws prohibiting solar installation on historic buildings. With this hurdle overcome, she’s working with Sun Common to select between participation in a community solar farm or installation of panels on our own roof. 

Other sustainability news:

  • We are planning to install heat pumps in the Nest and PAC buildings.
  • School-wide LED lighting purchased through an incentive program will have paid for itself within the year.
  • It’s our second year of no-waste Fireside Fridays and low-waste events. The PTO is working toward installing a dishwasher in the main building to help with the cleanup of non-disposable items.
  • All HMS landscaping is low-water and pesticide-free.

We need your help to become a truly sustainable campus.

To support our work reducing HMS’s carbon footprint, contribute to the Fund for High Meadow and select “Campus Renewal” as your Giving Priority!