Assistant Professors of Biology Mark Galatowitsch and Marie Nydam led a group of 24 Centre College students on a CentreTerm study abroad trip to Belize in January. “Our course taught students about the fundamental concepts of Caribbean ecology by experiencing first-hand different Caribbean ecosystems,” Galatowitsch said. “We also had the opportunity to learn about Belize’s
A solar panel installation project on Centre College’s campus has gotten a big boost. The plan that started with a $10,000 grant from PepsiCo Recycling’s Zero Impact Fund (ZIF) has expanded from a “phased” project with an initial 5 kW capacity, to an array of 60 panels with nearly 20 kW of capacity thanks to
Centre is extremely proud of its student initiated projects that promote sustainability and energy savings. One project is the community garden, as emphasized in our last Sustainable Centre article. Another initiative is the Energy Star rated refrigerator project, in which students can purchase a discounted Energy Star rated compact refrigerator that will reduce electricity use
One of Centre’s hidden gems is its community garden, located behind the Emeritus House on Maple Avenue. The garden has a rich history of activity and presence by students, faculty, staff, and community members. The garden began in January 2010 as a student effort to promote sustainable practices by producing various crops for campus use.
LED lighting in 839 Walnut St. House Centre’s Facilities Management Department has managed over two dozen facility renovation projects this summer and continues to incorporate “best practices” for energy efficiency whenever possible. All of the light fixtures that were replaced this summer were replaced with light emitting diode (LED) fixtures. This includes the entire house
Students, staff, and faculty came together in early June to learn more about the challenges arising from anthropogenic climate change and steps Centre is taking to reduce environmental impact. Christian Ryan, Sustainability Coordinator at Western Kentucky University led 20 participants in three half-days of discussions that culminated in a design charrette for a resilient campus.