From the Denison University Office of Sustainability website.
The mission of Denison University is “to inspire and educate students to become autonomous thinkers, discerning moral agents, and active citizens of a democratic society.” The college’s mission is reflected in its commitment to principles of sustainability.
As critical thinkers, we acknowledge the evidence that climate, air and water quality, and natural resource availability are changing on a global scale in ways that adversely affect the ecology of the planet and human welfare.
As moral agents, we recognize that the college and all individuals who are part of the Denison community share responsibility in contributing to environmental change by reducing both resource consumption and the production of waste.
As active citizens, individually and institutionally, we are committed to playing a leadership role in advancing a sustainable future for our world.
We will do this by example, reducing the environmental impact of the college through the use of sustainable practices, and through education and research, advancing society’s knowledge and commitment to sustainable practices.
More specifically, Denison University and all members of the Denison community are committed to reducing resource consumption and waste production with the ultimate goal of attaining carbon neutrality. We will assess the environmental impact of the activities and resources needed to fulfill the mission of the college and
- seek sustainable options for meeting those needs
- make the best use of resources and reuse or recycle them when possible
- dispose of waste in ways that causes the least negative impact
- take into consideration the life cycle and environmental impact of materials and products purchased by the college
Moreover, we will endeavor to advance the knowledge base that will enable us to protect and preserve the earth’s resources.
Review the 2008 Sustainability Recommendations [pdf] proposed by the Task Force on Institutional Environmental Policy.
The Campus Sustainability Coordinator:
- Collaborates with students and student groups to promote sustainability on campus
- Conducts annual evaluations of Denison Sustainability progress
- Serves as a liaison between the college and other sustainability-themed organizations
- Assists departments and offices in the implementation of sustainability best-practices
- Explores ways to reduce the college’s consumption of resources and reduce its waste
- Facilitates the administration of the Hunting Environmental Venture Fund
- Publishes a monthly sustainability newsletter – The GreenSheet
- Conducts sustainability workshops
- How to Make Your Dorm/Home More Energy Efficient
- The Fine Art of Composting
Growing Your Own Food – Backyard Gardening
Greening up the Office
The Basics of Canning and Storing Food
Campus Sustainability Committee
The Campus Sustainability Committee (CSC), formed in 2009 as a standing committee of the Denison’s University Council, operates under the premise that to change the world, we must first create change within our circle of influence. As members of this committee, we commit to take and recommend actions that (1) respect the dynamic equilibrium of planetary ecosystems and (2) reduce our impact on the natural environment through reduced consumption and educated resource use decisions.
- Maintain an open flow of dialogue and communication regarding sustainability on campus
- Establish communication with appropriate representatives of the Granville Community
- Assess current practices and establish specific guidelines regarding resource management
- Foster sustainable practices within our diverse, multi-faceted community
- Establish benchmarks for sustainable resource management and solicit annual reports from key campus units
- Produce a comprehensive annual Campus Environmental Report
Debra Andreadis – Assistant Director Denison Library
Art Chonko – Director of Facilities Services
Dr. Annabel Edwards – Chemistry – Committee Vice Chair
Jeremy King – Sustainability Coordinator
Dr. Andy McCall – Biology – Committee Chair
Dr. Joanna Mitchell – Modern Languages
Lauren Sabo ’11 – Student
Jen Steurer – Admin. Asst. Alumni Relations
Grace Summers ’13 – Student
Phil Waite – Chemistry Stockroom Supervisor
Scott Walker – Energy & Construction Manager