Wheaton Receives Sustainability Ranking
Posted on November 10, 2010
The College Sustainability Report Card, which gauges environmental consciousness on campuses all over the United States and Canada, has been recently released.
Wheaton has seen an increase in its sustainability after increased student participation in green initiatives on campus. Our grade has increased to a B- from a C+, earning an A in student involvement.
The high grade was earned due to increased student government efforts to promote a green campus, as well as actions taken by on-campus groups.
Those cited in the report included the Farmers' Market, which has provided locally grown foods to students. ECCO house, which provides a near carbon-free living experience, was also cited.
The report included the continuation of the Greener Wheaton as a factor, decreasing electricity use as high as 5% in some student houses.
Students reacted positively to this grade.
Molly Horan '13, a member of the Green Initiatives Committee, felt that the report was a good indicator of what is happening on campus.
"It's reflective upon Wheaton being a very small liberal arts college," said Horan. "The A for student involvement shows that students actually care."
Other high marks earned by Wheaton included an A on investment priorities, as the school has focused on organizations based on renewable energy.
Wheaton also received a B in food and recycling. The dining hall grade was based on the introduction of composting, as well as spending 22% of its budget on organic and locally grown foods.
The college's lack of green buildings on campus earned it D in the subject. This grade is expected to increase in the coming year with the completion of the new science center which will utilize green technologies.
The college administration has looked into other ways to decrease current energy use by auditing 90% of buildings on campus, and determining what areas can be addressed.
The administration has also attained membership in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education to, "provide the tools needed to achieve carbon neutrality."