Waste not. Want not.
The numbers tell the story.
Every year, we turn more than 200 tons of food waste into mulch, fertilizer and potting soil.
We're reducing landfill waste in other ways, too. The recycling bins found all over campus collect more than 760 tons of paper cardboard, plastic and cans annually.
In the area of energy reduction, we've taken a lights-out approach in an ambitious campaign to reduce campuswide energy use. We've upgraded lighting systems, installed occupancy sensors, closed less-used buildings during the summer, and programmed thermostats and heating and cooling systems to optimize savings. In all, we saved more than $600,000 in the first year alone. Our renovation of the new home for the School of Education and Health Sciences was LEED-certified at the gold level. That's how we improve existing facilities.
New construction? Our building contractors know we expect an eco-friendly approach. The $51 million GE Aviation EPISCenter was the University's first LEED-certified building, and five new student houses are certified as green buildings under the National Association of Homebuilders' national green building standard.