Students present community sustainability projects in "Roots of the Environmental Crisis" course

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This semester I had the opportunity a few times to sit in on a class taught by professor of Biology, Ryan Sensenig, called Roots of the Environmental Crisis. This new course offered at Goshen College emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to thinking about our lives by examining the local connections we have to natural resources and […]

Reflecting on Earth Week

April 1, 2013 Goshen College recently celebrated Earth Week from March 18-23. Each day had its own theme with a variety of speakers and activities to get involved with ranging from herb planting to upcycling art projects.  All of these events led up to Earth Hour, 60 minutes in which everyone was encouraged to turn […]

Native landscaping project update

12 acres of the campus lawn grass has been killed and is being converted into native landscaping. It is all on the east side of the tracks that run through campus, around the residence halls, Music Center, Physical Plant and athletic fields.

Large areas of the college campus lawn are being transformed from traditional lawn to native landscaping. For almost a year Goshen College has been planning and organizing this effort, and on May 2 the process began. The change required that the existing turf be killed and new seeds be planted. Now the slow waiting process […]

Looking for Energy Saving Initiatives

The Ecological Stewardship Committee is always interested in new energy saving initiatives. Some of those ideas are complex and long-term, such as the student-operated biodiesel plant, which converts waste vegetable oil into fuel for the campus generator and maintenance vehicles. Others can be as simple as a clothes line to avoid using the dryer. Either […]

Lighting up our Christmas Trees

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For the past several years we have been decorating the large spruce tree beside the Union Building with lights. It has been a great centerpiece for our Christmas celebrations. This year we decided to light up another tree, this time the one next to the Westlawn dining hall. Two trees, each with 1250 lights, but […]

Goshen College Electrical consumption hits 15 year low

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What in the world are WE doing? For several years we have been looking closely at our campus electrical usage and finding ways to back off. Five years ago our annual electrical consumption was over 7.6 million kilowatt hours. As of this October that number has dropped to under 5.5 million kilowatt hours. That is […]

Recycling our trash for 350

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Last weekend as part of our participation in 350 day, I joined several Goshen College students early in the morning to collect trash. Our trash. Three days worth. About 32 yards or 250 bags. When we opened up the bags we were able to recycle about 1/4th of that (8 yards). Of that 8 yards, about 2 were aluminum […]