Allegheny College (Meadville, PA)
As a charter signatory of ACUPCC with a climate neutrality goal of 2020 and a participant in the White House's Better Buildings Challenge to increase building efficiencies by at least 20 percent across campus, Allegheny College is determined not just to participate in the green movement, but to lead. One hundred percent of the campus electricity is generated through wind sources (purchased RECs) and two on-campus solar arrays, and the school strives for energy efficiency through regular energy audits, retrofits (nearly all buildings on campus have undergone energy-related renovation or retrofitting in the past three years), geothermal wells, education, submetering, and dorm competitions that promote environmental responsibility. In line with these initiatives, Allegheny has determined that all newly constructed campus buildings will meet, at minimum, the LEED Silver certification requirements. The campus also boasts a robust composting program that processes pre- and post-consumer dining waste, municipal yard waste, and agricultural wastes daily (Allegheny was the first college in Pennsylvania to use an in-vessel composting operation for food scraps). The finished compost and compost tea is used on campus lawns, sports fields, flowerbeds, and the production vegetable garden in lieu of chemical fertilizers. Allegheny further strives to reduce waste through trayless dining, reusable takeout, and Bring Your Own Cup programs. A green roof, rain gardens, permeable paving solutions, and wildflower plantings help minimize stormwater runoff. An on-campus production garden incorporates local, organic produce into the dining halls. Students help drive campus sustainability through research in classes, independent studies, senior comprehensive projects and student organization campaigns. Allegheny also wants to ensure that its students’ dedication to the environment and sustainability issues doesn’t end after graduation; each year the college invites recruiters from green companies and organizations and alums working in sustainability to hold informational presentations for recruiting purposes.