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"We do not inherit the Earth from our parents, we borrow it from our children." -Antoine De Saint Exupery
OYSTER SHELL BOXES
During Fall of 2013, the Oyster Shell food box program was converted from a token-based system to a computer-based system. All students now have the option of taking out up to two green "to-go" boxes at once, which are tracked using the student's one card. Each student need only return his or her used Oyster Shell box to either the Pub, the Grab-n-Go or the Great Room to receive a cleaned Oyster Shell box at their next meal. This has cut down dramatically on the amount of styrofoam waste that is produced by SMCM, and students are happy to see the campus looking cleaner!
The composting program at SMCM is up and running successfully! Compost is being collected from all residences with kitchens as well as the Great Room and is being delivered to the Campus Farm. For more information on the Campus Farm, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or to volunteer to help with the program, email JJ at email@example.com
RECYCLING IN CALVERT
Calvert Hall now has a recycling bin! It is located under the stairs at the main entrance of Calvert, inside of a brown and green storage container with recycling stickers. It will be collected daily thanks to Grounds!
GEOTHERMAL IN ADMISSIONS
During the Summer of 2013, a geothermal heat pump was installed in the Admissions Office. This system is expected to save up to 50% of our heating bill and 30% of our cooling bill for that building! For more information on geothermal units, see the Renewable Energy page.
TRANSPORTATION GRANT AWARDED TO SMCM
SMCM has received a Federal Transportation Alternatives Grant to design and build bike paths across campus! The 15-year Campus Master plan includes plans for an extensive network of bike paths to keep pedestrians and bikers safe.
BUILDING CLIMATE SOLUTIONS CONFERENCE
The Sustainability Office will be attending the nationally-recognized Building Climate Solutions conference in Washington DC this January 28-30, 2014. All students interested in attending this conference for all or part are welcome to email JJ at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FEBRUARY 15th ARBORETUM EVENT
The SMCM Arboretum will hold a seminar entitled "Southern Maryland Birds: Who lives here, Who visits here, and How do we attract them to our backyards?", hosted by Dr. Ernie Willoughby, Professor Emeritus at SMCM. The seminar will be held in Cole Cinema at 10am-12pm on Saturday, February 15th.
SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE FORMATION
The Sustainability Office is in the process of forming a diverse committee of passionate individuals to generate green ideas and solutions to campus issues. We are looking for students, staff and faculty interested in sustainability, whether it be one specific idea or just a general interest in being green! First-years and transfer students welcome, no large time commitment required! Please email JJ at email@example.com.