Alumnus To Help NYA Environmental Club Achieve Green Campus Milestone on Earth Day

Yarmouth, Maine, April 9, 2021:  David Griswold ‘03 pledged to help the NYA Environmental Club complete their goal of converting the entire campus to LED lighting. Griswold is the author of the children’s book, “Fur & Feather Stand Together,” a story of a puffin and a polar bear who join forces with their community to save the ice that is melting around them. In celebration of Earth Day on April 22, Griswold will send a copy of his book to all who contribute $50 or more to NYA’s LED conversion. On Earth Day, Griswold will meet virtually with NYA Lower and Middle School classes to offer a lesson on protecting our environment.

“Dealing with climate change requires each of us to take the steps we can locally and individually to reduce our carbon footprint. But now, more than ever, we also need to activate the hearts and minds of those in our community to take collective action. I am so excited to get to participate in NYA’s efforts to do both as we take action together this Earth Day,” explained Griswold.

The NYA Environmental Club is working diligently to increase awareness of environmental issues among the NYA community and encourage better stewardship of natural resources and the environment. Last spring, the club’s student leaders proposed the campus-wide conversion because LED technology consumes less power, reduces greenhouse and carbon dioxide emission, and generates less heat while also offering dramatic savings. In the fall of 2020, NYA received over $18,000 in gifts from seven families to support a campus-wide conversation to LED lighting. All but two buildings on campus have made the switch from halogen and incandescent lighting to LED, and $5,000 more is needed to complete the project. To make a gift and secure your copy of the book, visit

“NYA is deeply grateful to the families who have supported the Environmental Club’s proposal for a campus wide conversation to LED lighting,” said Head of Upper School, Eric Austin. “I am also very proud of the NYA students who, together with their faculty advisor, took a leading role in developing opportunities for making NYA a more green campus, raising awareness about the environmental impacts of our community, and bringing forward well-articulated solutions,” he said.
Griswold, grew up in Auburn, ME and earned his B.A. from Yale University in English Language and Literature. His varied professional experience includes work in the Google Public Affairs Offices in California and Sydney, Australia, wilderness leader and environmental educator near Yosemite National Park, teacher, tutor, author, and passionate environmentalist. He currently lives in Los Altos, California, with his wife and two children.

North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school for toddlers to post graduate students with an enrollment of 375 students. Since 1814, NYA has fostered integrity, character, and intellect in its students. For more information, please contact NYA at 207-847-5423 or