Antioch is a school that lives and breathes sustainability. Indeed, the college has deftly managed to incorporate environmental practices and policies into all realms of school life. To begin with, Antioch has built a five-acre, one million watt Photo Voltaic (PV) solar farm. Over the farm’s thirty-year lifespan, the college anticipates saving roughly $15 million in energy costs and around 1630,000 tons of carbon dioxide. Further, Antioch’s Central Geothermal Plant will help to offset another 2,900 tons of carbon dioxide. It will also lead to an additional $400 thousand in annual savings. Overall, the college expects that 90 percent of the campus’ electric consumption will be sourced by renewable/alternative energy by 2018. <p>Of course, the Antioch students themselves are quite happy to hop on the sustainability bandwagon. For example, thanks to some enterprising undergraduates, the college community can now benefit from a bike-share program. Students, faculty and staff alike can rent bicycles free of charge. Additionally, students have helped to implement a robust recycling program. It follows a multi-process and revenue-sharing model, ensuring that uncontaminated materials reach processors and that the program pays for itself. A whopping success, the program has helped Antioch to recycle 19,542 pounds of material in the last year. The college community also saved 154 mature trees, 3,438 gallons of oil, 63,333 gallons of water and 108.57 cubic yards of landfill space. Finally, the composting program, actively promoted by students (and housed on the Antioch Farm), managed to save 4,600 pounds of vegetable scraps during the Fall 2014 term alone. Pretty impressive, right?
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Sustainability-focused degree available
School employs a sustainability officer
Public GHG inventory plan
Available Transportation Alternatives
School Developed Bicycle Plan
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.