Given the overwhelming consensus that anthropogenic or “human-made” greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are causing global climate change, Hanover High School (HHS) is joining an increasing number of entities and local governments committed to addressing climate change at the local level. HHS recognizes the risk that climate change poses to its constituents and is acting now to reduce the GHG emissions, or “carbon footprint,” through the innovative programs laid out in this Climate Action Plan (CAP). Ultimately, individual behavior changes and collective action is needed to reduce HHS’s contribution toward the problem of climate change and adapt to its current and future effects. This CAP takes advantage of common-sense approaches and cutting-edge policies that HHS is uniquely positioned to implement. These actions can reduce energy use and waste, conserve water, and reduce fossil fuels used for transportation. This CAP aims to be consistent with the larger plans for the Town of Hanover, New Hampshire and other state and regional plans.
This is the first CAP developed for a high school in the United States. Further, this plan was written by Hanover High School students under the guidance of Hannah Kornfeld (HHS 2010), who served as a volunteer consultant and made substantial contributions to the production and formatting of this report.