St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School will celebrate its 38th annual Earth Day on Wednesday, April 17. Since 1982, the school has suspended regular classes for one full day each year of learning and fun in celebration of the environment.
The school community will convene in McCrory Hall for the Performing Arts at 8 a.m. to hear architect and director of design Matt Brown of franklin|architects speak. Matt’s design team design Wade Hall for the Sciences, St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School’s award-winning, LEED-certified, academic building. Workshops will begin at 9 a.m. followed by an Earth Day picnic feast prepared by students. Following lunch, the entire SAS community will gather in McCrory Hall for an Earth Day-inspired Creative Expression Assembly, an opportunity to share music, poetry, and skits. The day’s celebrations end with House Cup Games at the Varsity Field.
Workshops this year focus on environmentally-conscious shopping, cooking, activism, activity in nature, and art. Students will explore Green politics, astronomy-inspired music, old growth forests, local botany, caves, science fiction, and math in nature. They will visit nearby farms, contribute to the graffiti gallery currently in the SAS Gallery, help to clean up the St. Andrew’s-Sewanee campus, work in the school’s orchard, mountain bike, fish, hike, and practice yoga. They will merge art and nature by making dreamcatchers, watercolor paintings, recycled art, sun prints, pressed plants, and a scale model of the solar system.
The Earth Day guest lecturer, architect Matt Brown, is the Director of Design and Principal at franklin|architects in Chattanooga. Matt is passionate about research and its application in design and problem solving. As a result, his firm has received numerous awards, including one for Wade Hall. In 2015 he attended the Learning Environments for Tomorrow Institute at Harvard University, which assembled school designers from around the world to address the impact of the built environment on learning. His passion for environmental stewardship has resulted in six LEED-certified buildings, including Wade Hall. Matt serves on the boards of several non-profit community organizations and actively participates in workshops and initiatives that promote value, community, and a strong sense of place.