The student-driven “George Goes Green” initiative captured national media attention when students posed for the cover of Newsweek in a group shower. It was all in good, clean fun.
The Student Environmental Alliance and Habitat for Humanity continued to construct a garden shed, planted the first fruit trees and berry bushes, and started sheet mulching to control weeds.
Garden Shed Building
The Student Environmental Alliance teamed up with Habitat for Humanity to construct a garden shed using a combination of locally purchased lumber and donated masonry.
The Student Environmental Alliance teamed up with Habitat for Humanity to build boxes for raised garden beds using salvaged wood pallets. The garden promotes campus sustainability and presents an opportunity for collaboration between Washington College and the Chestertown community.
Rubble Dump Protest
The Student Environmental Alliance teamed up with the Sassafras River Association to protest the proposed rubble dump at the headwaters of the Sassafras River.
Sassafras River Demonstration
The Student Environmental Alliance continued their support of the Sassafras River Association’s protest to protect the ecological health of the region. Their efforts helped to persuade local county commissioners to deny permits for a rubble dump.
As soon as the tent stakes from the 228th Commencement ceremony came out, the surveyor’s stakes and fence posts went in. Workers began installing geothermal fields for heating and coolingMiller Library. Drilling rigs dug 168 wells, each 300 feet deep, and the wells were linked together with a network of underground piping. The geothermal field will also support the heating and cooling system in Smith Hall.
While the earth is opened up, the College installed an irrigation system. The lawn was totally regraded and sodded in mid-September.
Camp Tockwogh Service Weekend
The Student Environmental Alliance spent a weekend in the woods volunteering at Camp Tockwogh, a nonprofit summer program geared to help children understand their ecological relationship with the world.
The Student Environmental Alliance led community volunteers in creating a rain garden at Wilmer Park. The Rain Garden Project helps to recharge the local aquifer and to stabilize the Chester River by capturing rainwater runoff from impervious surfaces.
Eastern Neck Island Shoreline Cleanup
The Center for Environment & Society and Friends of Eastern Neck hosted a shoreline cleanup to restore habitat at Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge, a treasured student retreat near campus.
Sodexo, the company that oversees Buildings and Grounds, brought energy auditors to campus to make recommendations for HVAC and lighting improvements that would increase energy efficiency and reduce the College’s electric bill.
Washington College teamed up with Tri Gas & Oil Company of Federalsburg, MD, and New Generation Biofuels from Columbia, MD, to test NGB’s biofuel in one of the College’s boilers. The College uses approximately 100,000 gallons of #2 heating oil (diesel fuel) in one of its boilers annually. The test indicated a reduction in nitrogen oxide emissions by 51% compared to the #2 heating oil. There are no carbon monoxide or sulphur emissions from the biofuel. The biofuel is plant-oil based and can be washed up with soap and water.
Climate Change Art
The Student Environmental Alliance planted more than 400 green flags in the median between Bunting Hall and Larrabee Arts Center, representing those individuals who signed the green pledge for campus sustainability. To help increase campus awareness of climate change, SEA members drew a chalk line around the perimeter of the Toll Science Center to illustrate the anticipated global sea level rise by the end of the 21st century. Alumni met with students and community members in the McLain Atrium prior to a panel discussion on environmental careers, moderated by John Seidel, Interim Director of the Center for the Environment & Society.
WC Adopts sustainable living practices
In an effort to use local resources and energy more effectively, students launch a composting initiative.