Earlham is commited to seeking LEED certification on new buildings and renovation projects. LEED is the US Green Building Council's rating system for sustainability in physical buildings, and is becoming standard practice for sustainable construction nation-wide. Read about our capital construction projects here.
Aramark, the college's houskeeping service, is committed to eco-friendly cleaning and has transitioned the college's cleaning systems to "Blue Cleaning", a new technology that uses deionized water to clean hard and soft surfaces across campus without any chemicals.
Recycling is an important aspect of waste reduction, and is a celebrated practice at Earlham. Our recycling program is jointly managed by the Facilities Department, Housekeeping Services, and the Center for Environmental Action. A team of work-study students focuses on education and outreach on campus recycling as well as staffing the transport of recyclables to the central pick-up point. Earlham is a single stream, co-mingled recycling site.
Earlham's Recycling Policy may be downloaded here.
An inventory of all indoor recycling bins may be downloaded here. (Inventory is in process of being updated, check back for a full inventory soon)
We are now able to accept all of the following items in any recycling bin on campus:
Plastics with numbers 1 or 2 (number is usually on the bottom of a plastic container inside the recycling symbol)
All steel, tin, aluminum or bi-metal cans or containers
Any color, weight, or texture of paper
Paperboard (cereal boxes etc.)
Telephone books, magazines, catalogs
Learn more about recycling in campus owned houses using this link.
Could we power the campus with renewable energy? Which renewable energy source is most feasible?
These questions and more inform the college's actions towards reducing our climate impacts. Earlham is currently engaged with Performance Services to study the feasibility of installing wind turbines on college owned farm land. The feasibility study, called a Wind Resource Assessment, will be available by December 2013.
The college is also engaging in significant steps to reduce energy usage across campus through behavioral change initiatives and energy efficiency upgrades.
The annual Earlham College Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory is available for download here.
Earlham's dining services provider, Sodexo, has undertaken significant sustainability efforts in recent years, including transitioning the college to Trayless Dining, supporting composting efforts including creating a pre-consumer food waste composting system, increasing local food purchases, recycling used cooking oil for biodiesel, and several energy efficiency updates in the kitchen equipment. Dining services continues to offer ample vegan and vegetarian options for student dining, and has hired a student Sustainability Coordinator to publicize and increase sustainability efforts.
Check out the dining services composter at: www.ecorect.com
Energy conservation and efficiency are key elements of the Comprehensive Sustainability Plan. Efforts to reduce energy usage across the campus include efficiency upgrades and behavioral change methods. Students in computer science working groups have installed real time campus wide energy metering that is displayed on their website as well as installing building level energy meters on several residence halls. Data from building meters is displayed on energy monitoring kiosks in the entrance to Dennis Hall and in Lilly Library.
Earlham participates annually in Campus Conservation Nationals, or Earlham Energy Wars, as a competitive way to encourage students to conserve energy in their residence halls. The Earlham Energy Dashboard used for this competition is available online. Earlham student Nhi Dinh won first place in the Campus Conservation Nationals video contest for her video about the Earlham Energy Wars. Watch her video below:
Sustainable landscape design has been an area of great student interest at Earlham. In 2011, students and faculty researched and wrote a report on the history and future of sustainable agriculture at Earlham, their report, "Going Green and Growing Dreams" was a springboard for campus gardening activites.
The 2012 Environmental Colloquium class proposed four campus gardens, the first two of which began construction in the fall of 2012. The Rain Garden is now located outside the Athletics and Wellness Center, and the proposed Orchard has been planted at Miller Farm.
In 2013, a Japanese Gardens course renovated the on-campus Huffman Garden and created a second Japanese garden behind Stout Meeting House. The class created a facebook page on their project.