ERIC Number: EJ861820
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Reference Count: N/A
Grow Your Green Campus Organically!
Campus Technology, v22 n9 p30-34 May 2009
When it comes to environmental savvy, Delta College (Michigan) is like a lot of small institutions of higher education: It has a passel of green efforts underway, which could fall under all sorts of headings. The IT organization at the 11,000-student community college campus has virtualized its server operations and is on track to roll out a virtualized workstation pilot; it has digitized about 100 different forms and has instituted web-based workflow to reduce the use of paper. The campus community recycles cell phones, ink jet cartridges, and paper, and students can buy fair-trade coffee in the cafeteria and participate in alternative spring break activities to perform service work. A chilled-water system even provides cooling for buildings during daytime hours in the summer. Unlike many schools of comparable size with various, uncoordinated, environmentally conscious programs in place, Delta's green plans are part of an overall strategy to take the institution green--including a strategic mission to take Delta as close to carbon neutrality as possible. If Delta can make such missions reality, what's to stop any other American college or university from achieving the same goals?
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Energy Conservation, Conservation (Environment), Recycling, Educational Facilities Design, Sustainable Development, Educational Technology
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
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Identifiers - Location: Michigan