Dickinson College

300 West High Street
Carlisle
PA 17013

Dickinson College

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Some of Dickinson College's Major Initiatives include:

-Dickinson is proud to announce our membership as part of the Leadership Circle in the AASHE Presidents Climate Commitment! This means that Dickinson agrees to offset all of the carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses we put into the atmosphere through environmentally-friendly measures.

-Soon enough, most of the seasonal produce in Dickinson's cafeteria will be grown organically as well as locally! The College Farm is in the second year of a three year process to become a certified organic farm.

-Dickinson College announced in 2007 its intention to make study of the environment a defining characteristic of a Dickinson education. To support attainment of this goal, the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education (CESE) was created in Fall 2008 with a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and matching funds from the college.

-For the past few years, Dickinson College has participated in the Sustainable Endowment Institute's Sustainability Report Card. The SEI Sustainability Report Card is self-reporting grading system for the colleges and universities with 300 largest endowments in the United States and Canada. Dickinson College was one of only 15 schools to receive an "A-"as an overall grade for 2009.

-President Durden has issued a challenge to the campus community to reduce water and electricity use by 10% during the 2008-2009 academic year! In order to help guide the community through this challenge, the Office of Sustainbility has hired four new Residential Eco-Interns.

-he College has applied for the 2008 PA Energy Harvest Grant to install green roofing, renewable energies, and skylights on the roof of Kaufman Hall, the academic building that houses the Environmental Studies and Geology Departments as well as the Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM). This project aims to increase the energy efficiency of the building's heating, cooling, and lighting systems.

-In 2006, Dickinson College worked with the fine folks from Mesa Environmental, now SunTechnics, to install solar panels above DPS at Kaufman Hall.

-Sustainability Interns will be watching, and ready to reward students with a token for a free cookie, courtesy of the Green Devil, if your seen doing something great for the planet.

-With the green cleaning section of LEED-EB in mind, Dickinson College Facilities Management is purchasing only green cleaning products (Green Seal Certified for categories where such certification is available and Biorenewable products where certification is not available) from Spartan Chemical, Inc. beginning January 1, 2008.

-Dickinson College recently completed a Campus Facilities Master Plan, which has a strong focus on sustainability.

-The new Rector Science Complex is expected to use two-thirds (or less) of the amount of energy that a new science building of comparable size would use.

-The Center for Sustainable Living (or Treehouse) that received LEED Gold houses 14 students who are dedicated to living sustainably.

-Dickinson has a robust composting program, which was expanded during the 2007-2008 academic year through the purchase of a commercial grade Hobart Pulper. Dining Services now pulps all biodegradable material from dining operations, which is then sent to the College Farm to be used in the cultivating of vegetables that are sent back to the Dining Hall for student consumption.

-Dickinson College purchases 50% of its electricity from wind energy from Community Energy. This currently amounts to eight megawatts per year from wind energy rather than traditional non-renewable power.
Also, Facilities Management plans to install a 400W, grid-tied wind turbine on top of Tome Hall for energy production and educational purposes.

-During the summer of 2007, a solar thermal system was integrated into the biodiesel production system to preheat the waste vegetable oil during pre-production and speed up the drying process in post-production.

-The College has replaced all washers with high efficiency, front-loading washers. The front-loading washers hold approximately 32% more clothing than top-loading washers while using significantly less water. During the 2007-2008 academic year, the College saved more than 1.25 million gallons of water thanks to the switch over to front loading washers. The College has also replaced all dryers with a new model that saves money and energy by drying clothes in a shorter period of time.

-Recycling began in full force at Dickinson in 1991, when the program was expanded from a voluntary collection initiative by student groups to an institutionalized commitment. Dickinson College currently recycles all metal tins, aluminum cans, glass jars and bottles, and platic containers #1 and #2 in commingled recycling containers.

-A bike rental program for students

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