Campus Life

Sustainability at The Hill School

At The Hill School, the term sustainability means having policies and strategies that meet our present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Another definition created by John Elkington suggests that sustainable organizations measure their success not only based on financial performance but also by their impact on the broader economy, the environment, and on the society in which they operate.

The Hill School is striving to increase efficiency and minimize waste. These endeavors not only help to reduce operational costs, but also to further The Hill School’s mission. As a school, The Hill is committed to serving the common good and preparing students to lead as citizens of the world. Upon graduation, students will enter a world with a limited amount of resources and a growing population. Informing students about conserving energy and efficiently using resources will aid Hill graduates in making complicated decisions in both their personal and professional lives.

The mission of Hill's sustainability program is to prepare students to tackle complex environmental, economic, and social challenges by:
 

1.   Raising awareness and promoting the greater good
2.   Integrating sustainability into all aspects of community life
3.   Providing opportunities for education, leadership, and service

For questions regarding sustainability, please contact High Meadows Chair of Sustainability Brett Dioguardi at bdioguardi@thehill.org.

Single-Stream Recycling Program

Our recycling program at The Hill is "single-stream," meaning that all recyclables go into the same container; there is no need to separate items such as cans, bottles, and plastics from newspaper and cardboard.

Recycling bins are in the common areas of all dorms and many other places across campus. (Our recycling bins are themselves made of recycled materials; over 1,000 milk jugs go into making each bin!)

Sustainable Dining

Our dining service practices have been a great area for an enhanced focus on sustainability over the past few years. Here are just a few of the great accomplishments being made in our dining service sustainability initiatives.

High Meadows Chair of Sustainability

During the spring of the 2009-10 school year, a prescient $1 million gift funded the High Meadows Foundation Chair of Sustainability and the High Meadows Foundation Sustainability program. The establishment of these two endowed funds ensures that there is annual income to support the faculty position and operating dollars to support focused sustainability initiatives and programs at Hill. Our current Chair of Sustainability is Brett Dioguardi.

Mr. Dioguardi arrived at The Hill in 2017.  In addition to being the High Meadows Chair of Sustainability, he teaches environmental science, coaches varsity football, and serves as a dormitory parent in Foster. 

The son of two teachers, Brett grew up in South Florida and participated in an environmental magnet program in high school. He attended Davidson College where he studied biology and was a wide receiver on the football team. To expand his environmental and sustainability experience, Brett embarked on a career path that took him across the world with stops at TOMS Shoes in California, an environmental high school in New York City, graduate school in England at the University of Plymouth (U.K.), sustainability consulting in Connecticut, and a green building startup in Colorado. During this time he met and married his wife, Lauren, and settled down in Denver, working for four years on the sustainability team at Chipotle Mexican Grill. Lauren and Brett have two young sons, Duke and Ace. Brett enjoys snowboarding, watching HGTV, traveling, and entrepreneurship (he is proud to note that he co-founded a business called “Wee Wigs” which marketed tiny, funny wigs for babies).