Keene Green: Campus-Wide Engagement on Sustainability
The Campus Sustainability Office and the President’s Council for a Sustainable Future launched a College-wide engagement and action on sustainability in March 2016. For the next 8-10 months, members of the Sustainability Office, Sustainability Council, student Eco-Reps, and many others will be reaching out to hear your ideas, priorities and opinions on sustainability. Students, faculty, and staff – your voices matter as we shape a clear sustainability vision and priority actions for Keene State College. Contact the Sustainability Office if you have interest in participating in this effort or to share your good ideas.
Going for Gold
Together we will build on our past successes to become a regional leader in sustainability leadership, education, and campus operations. This effort will lead to our “Going for Gold” campaign where we reveal and begin implementing our roadmap to achieve STARS GOLD status by 2020 or before. We hope to initiate this effort in spring 2017.
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Beginning summer 2016, the Sustainability Office will work with the Vice President of Finance and Planning, Director of the Physical Plant and Campus Energy Coordinator to develop a comprehensive conservation strategy. Focusing on energy, waste reduction, and water, this effort seeks to decrease the college’s use of resources while generating significant financial savings.
Green Grounds Maintenance
Keene State College practices organic landscaping and grounds maintenance. In many ways, the grounds crew model “full circle” sustainability:
Lead gardener Jo Britton starts seeds in his home nursery that provide the beautiful floral annuals that adorn the campus.
The flowers Joe grows from seeds are planted in rich compost created right here on campus. Our nutrient-rich compost is created from organic kitchen waste from campus dining facilities joined with our yard and leaf waste from mowing and other grounds maintenance. Even the flowers Joe grows end up creating more compost when they die and are added to the compost bin.
The Eco-Reps are student employees of the Sustainability Office who help out with an array of projects, from outreach and education to managing Keene State College’s Re-Use Room. Check out their Facebook page and [web site (https://kscecoreps.wordpress.com/) to learn more.