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Sustainability news: New vehicle charging station, composting recognition, paperless applications

Food composting practice in Kaufman Dining Hall
North Central’s sustainability efforts gain recognition for food composting, add electric vehicle charging station, eliminate paper applications.

North Central College supports and encourages sustainability practices in all aspects of campus life throughout the year. Recent news include recognition for the College’s food composting efforts, addition of another electric vehicle charging station and paperless efforts in the Office of Admission.

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.

Project initiated by Heidi Goetsch ’14 headlines Earth Week activities

Heidi Goetsch ’14
North Central invites campus community to join a special celebration of Earth Day that includes award presentation and planting native gardens.

North Central College invites faculty, staff, students and members of the community to join in a special celebration of Earth Day at noon, Tuesday, April 22, at Oesterle Library.

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.

North Central College student receives campus ecology fellowship

North Central College Junior Heidi Goetsch was awarded a Campus Ecology Fellowship through the National Wildlife Federation.

Heidi Goetsch ’14 is just one of 10 students nationwide to receive a Campus Ecology Fellowship through the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). The grant will fund long-term improvements to campus, thanks to Goetsch’s leadership in establishing a new native plant garden at Oesterle Library—and gives Goetsch an experience that complements her environmental studies minor.

North Central College ranks among the top green colleges in North America

Cardinal red bikes are available to students for free
For the third straight year, North Central College earns spot among The Princeton Review’s top green colleges for its ongoing sustainability efforts.

For the third straight year, North Central College joins The Princeton Review’s list of “greenest” colleges in North America for its ongoing commitment to sustainability.

The Princeton Review, in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, released its fourth annual “Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2013 Edition.” The book includes a list of standards for judging some 806 colleges, as well as descriptions of each college’s environmentally conscious features.

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