North Central College - Naperville, IL

North Central receives award for achieving environmental goals

Professor Martha Bohrer accepted bronze award
North Central College has been recognized as a bronze-level institution for its commitment to sustainability through Illinois Campus Sustainability Compact.

North Central College has been recognized as a bronze-level institution for its commitment to adopting and fulfilling environmental goals through the Illinois Campus Sustainability Compact.

Results of Project Move Out: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Relocate

As residence halls emptied after spring term, unwanted furniture, carpet, dishes and pounds of electronics, food and clothing were collected, recycled, reused.

Results are in—and they’re good! Project Move Out 2014 helped reduce overall waste as members of the North Central College campus community moved out of residence hall rooms, offices and more at the end of 2013-2014 academic year.

Here’s the good news:
•    1,000-plus lbs. of electronics, from TVs to lamps, were recycled.
•    721 square feet of carpet were set aside for recycling.
•    600 lbs. of food were collected and donated to Loaves & Fishes Community Pantry.

Local media features North Central’s food composting program

The Daily Herald published front-page feature and online video, photos and article about North Central College’s successful food composting program.

North Central College’s food composting program in Kaufman Dining Hall and The Cage was featured on the front page of the June 11 Daily Herald and online with video, photos and article. The video features North Central’s program, exclusively, and emphasizes its success because of the involvement and enthusiastic support by North Central College students.

North Central among the most environmentally responsible colleges in North America

Heidi Goetsch ’14, Will Rotunno ’15
For fourth straight year, North Central College is included in “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition.”

For the fourth consecutive year, North Central College has been included in “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition.”

With a rising interest among students in attending colleges that practice, teach and support environmentally responsible choices, the guide began publication in 2010 in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools.

Investment in LED lighting slashes energy costs

North Central College has installed modern LED lighting in Merner Field House to reduce energy and maintenance costs.

A sustainability project that modernized the lighting inside Gregory Arena and pool deck in Merner Field House will result in drastic reductions in energy consumption and maintenance costs in these facilities.

Over the winter months, new LED lights were installed with the help of $26,000 in grant funding from the Illinois Municipal Electric Agency through the City of Naperville toward the cost of the two projects. LED stands for Light Emitting Diode, a solid state form of lighting that converts electricity directly into light. 

North Central is using sustainable solutions for holiday decorations

North Central College uses sustainable decorations—living evergreen trees and real wreaths and garlands—to deck the halls during the holidays.

As part of its commitment to practice environmental responsibility, North Central College is using “green” alternatives to artificial holiday decorations.

North Central College hosts recycling event for community on campus

Drop-off location: parking lot behind Merner Field House
DuPage County residents are invited to take part in a Recycling Extravaganza from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 5, at North Central College.

DuPage County residents are invited to take part in a Recycling Extravaganza from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 5, at North Central College.

The event will take place in the parking lots behind North Central’s Residence Hall/Recreation Center, 440 S. Brainard St., and Merner Field House, 450 S. Brainard St. The entrance to the lots is located where Porter Avenue intersects with Loomis Street. Volunteers will direct traffic and assist customers dropping off donations.

Graham was featured speaker at composting conference

Brittany Graham, sustainability coordinator
Brittany Graham, North Central College sustainability coordinator, spoke at statewide conference about the College’s Kaufman Dining Hall composting project.

Brittany Graham, North Central College sustainability coordinator, was a featured speaker at a statewide composting conference held Feb. 7 at the Westin Hotel in Lombard. She talked about North Central’s composting project at Kaufman Dining Hall as a successful model of waste reduction strategies.

North Central’s electric vehicle charging station is ready to use

North Central College introduces new sustainability effort, installs first electric vehicle charging station at Old Main parking lot for campus community use.

As part of an ongoing effort to support sustainability values and actions into all aspects of campus life, North Central College has installed its first electric vehicle charging station, making it easier for members of the campus community to own and use electric cars.

The electric vehicle charging station is ready to use and situated on the sidewalk in the Old Main parking lot off Loomis Street. The station can charge two vehicles simultaneously in two adjacent parking spaces and may be used free of charge by any North Central College student, faculty, staff or campus visitor.

New bike racks are everywhere

North Central College’s recent addition of new bike racks at residence halls, academic buildings facilitates campus-wide use of bikes and racks.

Whether you use a Cardinal Red Bike or your own personal bike to get around campus and town, there’s some exciting news. North Central recently added new bike racks at residence halls at Res/Rec, Patterson, Ward, Seybert and Kimmel halls and at academic buildings, including Kaufman Dining Hall, Pfeiffer Hall, Old Main, Harold and Eva White Activities Center, Kroehler Science Center and the Blue House.

Keep a lookout for these racks and make sure you follow the biking rules of the road and do not chain your bike to trees or fences or benches.

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