Monday, Peter Byck, Lovett’s first Sustainability Scholar-in-Residence, arrived on campus. He spoke at an up-per school assembly and visited upper- and middle-school classes to discuss his work with renewable energy and reducing carbon emissions.
Byck will offer a public lecture today at 7 p.m. in the Hendrix-Chenault Theater. This event is free and open to the public. Byck has directed and edited movies for more than 20 years. His first documentary film, “Garbage,” won the South by Southwest Film Festival in 1996. He is best known for his 2010 documentary, “Carbon Nation,” which ex-plores technological and community-based methods of reducing the world’s rapidly expanding carbon footprint. Byck has presented that film to prominent businesses and organizations, such as Boeing, Nike, Google, the Carbon War Room and the White House Council on Environmental Quality. He is a faculty member at Arizona State University’s Global Institute of Sustainability and is a professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications.
Thursday, the upper and middle schools will continue Earth Day celebrations with an outdoor BBQ and the second annual Education Expo and Action Day, featuring student work relating to sustainability. The middle school will be exhibiting soil/sand models and their methods for water testing Lovett’s pond and stream. Upper school student Evan Maynard will present his senior project, a solar-powered golf cart for use on the Lovett campus and other fuel-efficient vehicles will be on display as well.
April 22, Earth Day, Lovett’s last Walk to School day of the year takes place.
Also on that day, the lower school has organized a morning of sustainability activities and games with a butterfly theme, complete with a professional storyteller. Together with upper-school botany students, they will sell houseplants, garden seedlings and milkweed plants to provide habitats for migrating monarch butterflies.
Later in the day, Lovett’s third annual Food Fair takes place in the plaza. Upper-school students will sample organic and sustainably grown foods donated by local vendors.