Ecological Stewardship at Goshen College

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Students present community sustainability projects in “Roots of the Environmental Crisis” course

Apr 26th, 2013 • Category: blog
This semester I had the opportunity a few times to sit in on a class taught by professor of Biology, Ryan Sensenig, called Roots of the Environmental Crisis. This new course offered at Goshen College emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to …

Reflecting on Earth Week

Apr 1st, 2013 • Category: blog
April 1, 2013 Goshen College recently celebrated Earth Week from March 18-23. Each day had its own theme with a variety of speakers and activities to get involved with ranging from herb planting to upcycling art projects.  All of these events …

So What Should We Think About All These Dandelions?

Apr 21st, 2012 • Category: blog
April 22, 2012 This year we have a bumper crop of dandelions at Goshen College! In fact, I think it is safe to say that in the 108 year history of our campus, dandelions have never been this abundant or healthy. …

Native Landscaping Project update

Jun 9th, 2011 • Category: blog, news
June 9, 2011 Large areas of the college campus lawn are being transformed from traditional lawn to native landscaping. For almost a year Goshen College has been planning and organizing this effort, and on May 2 the …

Looking for Energy Saving Initiatives

Feb 8th, 2010 • Category: blog
The Ecological Stewardship Committee is always interested in new energy saving initiatives. Some of those ideas are complex and long-term, such as the student-operated biodiesel plant, which converts waste vegetable oil into fuel for the campus generator and maintenance vehicles. …

Lighting up our Christmas Trees

Dec 16th, 2009 • Category: Uncategorized, blog
For the past several years we have been decorating the large spruce tree beside the Union Building with lights. It has been a great centerpiece for our Christmas celebrations. This year we decided to light up another tree, this time the …

Goshen College Electrical consumption hits 15 year low

Nov 6th, 2009 • Category: blog
What in the world are WE doing? For several years we have been looking closely at our campus electrical usage and finding ways to back off. Five years ago our annual electrical consumption was over 7.6 million kilowatt hours. As of …

Recycling our trash for 350

Oct 30th, 2009 • Category: blog
Last weekend as part of our participation in 350 day, I joined several Goshen College students early in the morning to collect trash. Our trash. Three days worth. About 32 yards or 250 bags. When we opened up the bags we were able to …

Introduction: What In The World Are We Doing?

Oct 20th, 2009 • Category: blog
Greetings, and welcome to my new from-time-to-time blog. My goal is to use this forum to discuss Goshen College’s efforts at sustainable living and practices. I chose the title because of its ambiguity. Sometimes I may want to rant, as in …