In the past decade, colleges and universities have seen a tremendous change in attitude towards environmental responsibility and sustainability. With each passing year, however, the question remains: Do your sustainability initiatives meet the prerequisites for success?
While many grassroots green campaigns have seen successful results – i.e. passing new or amended policies around recycling or waste reduction – sustainability initiatives need to gain the endorsement of university leadership. Furthermore, resources need to be in place to make the overall vision a reality.
How does the university define sustainability? What is the responsibility of students, professors, staff and outside vendors to collaborate and engage with policies? These questions must be addressed if a college or university aims to launch a successful and sustainable green initiative.
With a solid framework and understanding in place – it’s time to crunch the numbers. The conversation on sustainability often stems from a desire to save energy and cost, while continuing to grow and upgrade facilities to attract new students.
- The Kenyon College admissions department went paperless and saved $10,000
- The Pomona College Green Office Program includes a cost calculator and introductory guide to reducing the college’s environmental footprint
- Guilford College has eliminated thousands of miles of highway transporation by sourcing local food, and recycles nearly 100% of its cooking oil into biodiesel
Whether the plan is to replace light bulbs or renovate dorm and common areas, a critical look at the budget reveals many opportunities for cost savings. Opting for sustainable furniture asset management services, like those provided by The Refinishing Touch, has been proven to yield positive environmental, financial and legal impacts.
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