PSU Graduate Students Aid New Hampton School’s Environmental Plan

May 9th, 2007 by Adam

A partnership between Plymouth State University and New Hampton School, an independent prep school in the Lakes Region, is assisting New Hampton’s environmental planning process. Eight students from PSU’s graduate-level Environmental Consulting class are conducting an environmental assessment of New Hampton School’s property, gaining valuable experience in environmental consulting. The students are making site visits to New Hampton to identify environmental conditions in connection with the property. Their work will include a review of records to determine past and current use, and interviews with appropriate staff. The final stage will be preparation of a summary report to the school. This assessment, provided at no charge, will be used for future campus planning.

“This is a meaningful, hands on project for the class,” said Dr. Tom Shevenell, a PSU professor of environmental consulting. “It is a great example of how PSU can use educational projects to help local communities and organizations.”

“We take environmental responsibility and sustainability very seriously,” commented New Hampton Head of School Andrew Menke. “Plymouth State University has significant expertise in this area, and we are very pleased to receive its assistance through this collaborative effort.”

Environmental Consulting is a class offered as part of PSU’s M.S. program in Environmental Science and Policy, which is administered by the Center for the Environment and the College of Graduate Studies. The students’ work meets state and federal regulatory environmental site assessment standards.

“This class is unique. We are learning about not only about projects environmental consultants are involved in, but also about business aspects as well,” said student Ray Reimold. “The opportunity to work on an applied project makes the work extremely meaningful.”

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or Peter Miller, New Hampton School Communications Director, (603)
677-3417, or

Founded in 1821, New Hampton School is an independent, co-educational, college preparatory secondary school of 330 students who come from over 30 states and 12 foreign countries. Students benefit from an average class size of 11 and a student-faculty ratio of 5:1. A recipient of the 2002 National School of Character Award, NHS strives to develop the whole person within the whole community, to celebrate the continued diversity of its school community, and to develop good students and citizens. NHS’s long tradition of citizenship is continued through the Community Service and Daily Jobs programs, in which all students and faculty participate. The intrinsic values of respect and responsibility are key components of New Hampton School’s philosophy. For more information, please visit