Many events sponsored by faculty, staff and students throughout the year highlight Centre College’s global commitment to environmentally friendly practices. In the spring, the pace quickens with renewed energy focused on sustainability efforts on and off campus.
The annual e-Waste Recycling event will be held on Friday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. behind Bingham. Information Technology Services staff will be accepting old electronics for safe and sustainable recycling, including computers, tablets and smartphones. They cannot accept VHS tapes, batteries, refrigerators or other hazardous materials. Contact Russ Strunk for information.
The Centre Environmental Association (CEA) will have a booth at the community Earth Day celebration Saturday, April 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the campus of Bluegrass Community and Technical College.
“We will be handing out baggies filled with used coffee grounds to use as compost,” says CEA member Beka Bruner ’18. “The booth will also aim to share information about CEA and composting in general.”
CEA and CentrePeace are hosting the semi-annual Farm-to-Table Banquet on Tuesday, April 25 at 5:30 p.m., on the patio outside the Campus Center. The dinner, catered by Sodexo, will feature a variety of sustainable, ethically raised and locally sourced foods.
Centre wrapped up another successful Recyclemania competition, along with hundreds of participating colleges and universities. The recycling event involves several categories based on the weight of recycling, food organics and waste reduction collected. Each week, schools reported their data and use updated rankings to rally students and staff with educational activities, displays and other outreach efforts. Centre reported 9.727 lbs. per capita of recycled materials collected during the seven-week competition.
RecycleMania is one of many ways Centre strives toward environmental sustainability and responsibility. The College maintains four Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified buildings on campus, has received grants totaling more than $35,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency to aid campus sustainability and has established a Green Fund that supports renewable energy.
by Cindy Long
April 20, 2017