Recent Sustainability Activities
Monmouth College has reduced its energy consumption and has substantially increased its recycling contributions in recent years. These efforts include energy reduction through the installation of numerous new heating boilers throughout campus, the use of energy efficient lighting, low-flow water systems and the replacement of windows in nearly all older buildings.
Recycling efforts now extend into every student residence and office building. Experience with sustainability of food production is made possible through work in the college’s educational garden and mini-farm. These operations boast organic produce and honey on dedicated acreage. The college also provides scholarships for students who have demonstrated leadership in sustainability prior to enrolling.
The college provides free access to bicycles for student, faculty and staff use and an electric vehicle recharging station is located on campus.
In late 2015, the college instituted a Sustainability Committee with representation across the college community. The committee reports to the highest levels of the college and includes trustee involvement. It also named a sustainability coordinator.
Also in 2015 the college launched its Environmental Studies major. That same year, the college also built out its Global Food Security initiative by completing the hiring of three faculty whose goals for promoting food security include issues of sustainability.
In 2014, the college implemented a guideline that computers and/or their components purchased by the college should be rated as Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) Silver or better.
In 2013, the new Center for Science and Business (CSB) was completed and includes energy efficient heating/cooling systems, heat recapture exhaust systems, automated variable exhaust hoods, low flow water systems and sensor lighting among many other features. The college’s first electric car recharging station is also located in the CSB parking lot.
History Of Sustainability At Monmouth College
In the early 1990s Monmouth College spent $1 million to replace windows in six of the oldest buildings on the campus. Around that time the college also began to eliminate its central heating plant that used two gas boilers and one fuel-oil boiler in favor of more efficient heating boilers including units located in individual college buildings.
Since the turn of the century, the college has moved to a central gas-fired cooling plant to reduce the energy necessary for air conditioning, has replaced more windows including the buildings built in the 1960s, and instituted a comprehensive campus-wide recycling program. It has continued to upgrade more boilers to higher efficiency. Furthermore, campus lighting has been upgraded to compact fluorescent and most recently LED lighting has been introduced into a new sorority house, and portions of an academic hall and new campus lighting.
With over 93% of students living on the walkable Monmouth College campus, and a fine community of residential housing adjoining campus for the use of employees, the college has an inherently low carbon footprint associated with commuting. However, a bike sharing program and campus shuttle program was instituted around 2010 to further reduce automobile carbon emissions.
Monmouth College is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).