Arica Crootof '03 Educates Cluett House Students on the Impact of Sustainability
Gemma Halfi, Resident Faculty for Cluett House
The Cluett House program, which focuses on the practices of positive world change, hosts inspiring guest speakers during their weekly seminar series. Recently, Cluett House students were joined by a wonderful guest speaker who is very familiar with the Emma Willard School community: alumna Arica Crootof '03, who joined the group via video conference from her home state of Montana.
Arica is a professor of environmental sustainability at the University of Montana Western, and has dedicated much of her professional life to conducting research on small hydropower projects (SHPs) in Nepal. While one may assume that the implementation of a renewable energy source such as hydropower would be a step in the direction of sustainability, Arica's research has focused on the dangers and damages inflicted upon rural villages in Nepal as a result of the divergence of rivers for the use of hydropower.
Arica inspired the students of Cluett House to consider how even seemingly "sustainable" solutions can pose larger problems for marginalized communities if not examined thoroughly and within a larger context of sustainability.
Many thanks to Arica for her generosity of time, energy, and expertise!