A clean, safe, and efficient campus is what enables Head, Heart, Hands learning.
Recycling and Sustainability
We are committed to recycling paper, plastic, cans, bottles, and cardboard, as well as light bulbs and batteries. Compost bins are in the kitchen, cafeteria, and faculty lounge. Food service centers around seasonal, healthy food that is organic when possible. Plastic utensils are no longer being used. Bottled water consumption has been reduced. School events are using recycled or biodegradable materials.
Light fixtures have been changed to more energy efficient T-8 digital ballasts and incandescent bulbs are being replaced with fluorescent ones. Maintenance closets, elevators, equipment rooms, deep sink rooms, and bathrooms have been switched over to "occupancy detectors" so lights will not be left on. Bathrooms have motion-activated lights.
School communications are going electronic and printed publications are on recycled and FSC-certified paper, using soy-based inks. Student updates, advising announcements and attendance are all electronic. Faculty are reducing paper handouts by using email and PDF files. A number of departments are using two-sided printers and double-sided copiers. The library resuses paper as scratch paper.
Architecture classes teach green building design and practices, and the shops are incorporating eco-design and recycling/reuse principles in the curriculum. Additionally, the shops recycle scraps and use eco-friendly materials. Obsolete hardware is sent to recycling centers and old tools in the shops are donated to other organizations.