Denison University is committed to nurturing ecological sustainability both on campus and in the world beyond. We recognize that environmental responsibility is a way of life, not just a trend, and that new science continually brings new opportunities for improvement, so the active commitment to nurturing sustainability will never end.
Recent efforts to improve environmental sustainability include the establishment of the Campus Sustainability Committee; completion of the LEED Gold renovation of Cleveland Hall; a functional state-of-the-art composting system; the installation of solar panels on William Howard Doane Library; and a Campus Environmental Audit. In particular, student organizations have played a vital role in encouraging environmental consideration in every functional facet of the institution. These innovative and ambitious groups include but are not limited to the Denison Progressive Alliance, the Green Team, the Denison University Recycling Program, the Denison University Fair Trade Alliance, and the Denison Homestead.
Denison University will continue to investigate environmentally-friendly possibilities on campus and develop strategies for funding and executing them. The campus sustainability efforts not only help to maintain the health of the public and surrounding ecosystems, but also adhere to the interdisciplinary goals of a liberal arts education through well-rounded scholarship and reflection.
To learn more about environmental work on campus and to get in touch with student leaders and faculty working on environmental issues, take a look at our environmental events calendar and list of campus groups, institutions and programs:
Campus Offices, Organizations and Programs
- DCA Environmental Education & Mentorship Program — coming soon!
- DU Green Team
- Fair Trade Alliance, Dension University (DUFTA)
- Office of Sustainability
- Progressive Alliance, Denison
- Roosevelt Institution
- more coming soon!
College Environmental Policy
From the Denison University Office of Sustainability Website.
On Earth Day, April 22, 2010 President Dale T. Knobel of Denison University signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. This historic act formally put the college on a path towards carbon neutrality.
The ACUPCC began in 2006 with 12 founding members, and since its official launch at the first annual Climate Leadership Summit, it has grown to a group of nearly 700 university and college presidents who believe that educational institutions can help create technological, economic, and social solutions to climate change.
The accord is a commitment by institutions of higher education to exercise leadership in their communities and throughout society by modeling ways to minimize global warming emissions, and by providing the knowledge and the educated graduates to achieve climate neutrality.
“The exciting and demanding thing about the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment is that it challenges institutions of higher education to set specific goals for achieving greater sustainabilty and reducing climate impact as well as develop a reporting mechanism for measuring institutional progress. No institution really ought to sign the commitment until it is clear that it has a way of setting realistic goals and tracking institutional success. Denison, I think, has done this. We began by developing an institutional environmental mission statement. We created a multidisciplinary team to flesh out sustainability initiatives. And, most important of all, we built this team and its work into the standing governance process of the college. From the time we began considering the ACUPCC, I shared that I did not think it right to sign on until we had a “community” commitment to sustainability. Each of us–students, faculty, and staff–will have to make lifestyle changes both large and small to really make sustainability progress. I believe the community is there, and the time is just right for us to join this nationwide program.”
– President Knobel, on Denison’s commitment to sustainability
Steering Committee Representative(s)