In June 2007, we signed the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment and took action on that commitment by
- Forming the Presidents' Climate Commitment Advisory Council comprised of faculty, alumni, students, and community members to guide the development and implementation of its climate commitment plan.
- Completed a comprehensive inventory of all greenhouse gas emissions.
- Adopted an energy efficient appliance purchasing policy.
- Purchased 15% of electricity consumption from wind power.
- Participated in Recyclemania's Competition Division, finishing 87th in the country in 2012 and ranking 17th among community colleges nationwide.
- Beginning to develop an institutional plan to become carbon neutral.
We have also pursued green practices by:
- Providing electric and hybrid vehicles and bicycles for Public Safety officers.
- Expanding the scope of materials recycled.
- Using post-consumer paper and duplex printers for copying.
- Serving deli sandwiches in reusable plastic baskets rather than disposable plates.
- Eliminating an estimated 50,000 plates from entering the landfill each year.
- Working with SEPTA to modify the Central Campus bus route in a way that saves $20,000 annually.
- Replacing incandescent light bulbs with compact florescent lamps wherever possible.
- Providing sustainability education through faculty-led lecture series.
- Purchasing locally-grown produce when possible for the cafeteria.
- Partnering with local companies to recycle cooking oil generated by cafeteria into biofuel.
- Incorporating carpooling and mass transit information into freshmen orientation including the Zimride program and the implementation of the Campus Shuttle. Since its launch June 6, 2011, the College’s Zimride service has had 1,052 users. In partnership with Greater Valley Forge Transportation, the Campus Shuttle between Central and West campuses, over 8,450 riders saved thousands of dollars in gasoline and took advantage of the free service.
- Planting more than 450 trees at the Central Campus through a grant-funded initiative led by Assistant Professor Jerry Coleman.