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Cedar Valley College Green Initiatives


Building Features
Many of our buildings feature environmentally friendly features. Many of our structures contain e-glass that is an energy efficient type of window. We have lights on motion sensors, and we work extensively with IT to keep computer labs as energy efficient as possible.

 

Earth Day
Every year, Earth Day is a chance for everyone to recognize the importance of conservation and our planet. At Cedar Valley College, we encourage our students to use this day as an opportunity to think about the world around them.

 

Office Supplies Bank
We are working to create an office supplies sharing system to keep from repeating orders across different departments. This will keep ordering frequency down, and help save on packaging and shipping costs.

 

Paper Reuse Projects
Cedar Valley College encourages its employees to use both sides of paper, and to keep scrap paper around for day-to-day usage. By doing this, paper usage has become much more efficient. We also encourage our employees to use technology and go paperless.

 

Recycling Program
Paper recycling exists at this point in all the division offices. There is a complete recycling program that includes paper, plastic and aluminum. This project started as an initiative of the Cedar Valley Green Team (now named the CVC Sustainability Team) and the student club Phi Theta Kappa. We encourage everyone to do their part in helping with our recycling program by using adequate recycling etiquette. For example, please remove the cap to your plastic bottles and rinse them out prior to placing them into the bins, also please rinse out your aluminum cans as well. This will help us immensely in our recycling efforts.

 

Sustainable Curriculum Project
Cedar Valley College encourages sustainable concepts in its entire curriculum. We have developed a unique way of giving the opportunity to our students of graduating with a "Green Cord." For a student to earn a Green Cord, he/she must:
  • Be graduating as either a Certificate or Degree student
  • Successfully complete at least 3 Green Courses with a "C" or higher grade
    Green Courses are:
    • Shown in eConnect as "Green"
    • Taught by QTIPS-Certified Instructors
    • Contain at least one element of Sustainability in the Course Syllabus

 

Sustainability Awareness Events
Since the Fall Semester of 2013 we have been hosting one "Sustainability Awareness Event" per month. In the 2013-2014 Academic year we served more than 900 people, see the results in the following table:

Total of Participants of Sustainability Awareness Events 2013-14
Sustainability Events/ Date Students Faculty Employees Community Total
Green Apple Service Day: September 19th,2013 0 6 0 100 106
Campus Sustainability Day: October 23, 2013 22 2 0 0 24
Photo Scavenger Hunt: November 14th, 2013 13 1 2 0 16
Let's Get Wild: planting herbs: December 2nd, 2013 11 0 8 0 19
Fit and Healthy in the Holidays: November 19th, 2013 19 0 5 0 24
Students Brainstorming about the Sustainability Communities Institute: January 17, 2014 9 0 1 0 10
Employees Brainstorming about the Sustainability Communities Institute; January 16th, 2014 0 8 8 0 16
LEED Green Associate Course: January 10th-March 7th, 2014 2 2 14 0 18
Clean Economy Series: Joel Salatin: January 28th, 2014 42 14 45 158 259
Clean Economy Series Workshop: Joel Salatin: January 29th, 2014 2 6 4 95 107
Let's get creative with RecycleMania: February 17th, 2014 13 2 6 0 21
Community Garden Planting Day: March 20th, 2014 17 3 8 0 28
RecycleMania Student's Pledge: March 26th-27th, 2014 37 0 0 0 37
Green Mountain Energy Presentation: April 1st, 2014 10 2 2 0 14
CVC Sustainability Conference: The Responsible Pathway: June 13th, 2014 1 70 18 54 99 241
Total 267 64 157 452 940
(1) In the Sustainability Conference we had 41 speakers and 64 volunteers.
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