By Vincent DePalma, Staff Writer
The FM Sustainability Committee has succeeded in making the campus greener and shows no intention of slowing down.
The committee continues to look for opportunities across campus that would reduce waste, lessen the college’s impact on the environment and maximize energy efficiency. The committee worked closely with the SGA and Buildings and Grounds department to purchase two hydration stations on campus.
The SGA has helped fund the purchase of two more hydration stations to be installed on campus this year. The existing stations have already helped to drastically reduce the amount of plastic used on campus.
The work of the committee has also reduced the amount of paper being used on campus through the recommended use of duplex print settings on printers in the library. The implementations of those settings have helped the college reduce the amount of paper they order annually and in turn save money.
The goal of the committee in the 2012-13 academic year is to raise awareness of current and future sustainability efforts. They have strategically placed signs and posters around campus reminding the teaching faculty to turn computers, monitors, projectors and lights off at the end of class. This will help turn FM into a more energy efficient campus.
Dan Towne, Systems/Electronic Services Librarian, and chair of the committee said, “The efforts of the sustainability committee won’t be going away any time soon.” The committee was formed as an ad hoc (temporary) committee by the college President Dustin Swanger, in October of 2008. In September of 2012 the president and senate of FM approved making the committee an official senate committee.
The committee is in the process of partnering with the campus food service provider, Chartwells, who already has a corporate green commitment. They are also looking at partnering with student groups for an Earth Day event this spring.
Towne also mentioned that the committee is looking into future projects such as using flex-fuel for campus vehicles and solar or wind energy on campus. He realizes such efforts would have large start-up costs but also says, “It doesn’t hurt to have the discussion.”
The sustainability committee, which consists of 12 members: students, faculty, administrators and clerical staff, is looking forward to continuing its mission to make FM’s campus a greener, more efficient environment for students to learn in.