Each day, our on-campus composting facility processes 800-900 pounds of food and compostable paper and plastic, collected from on-campus food service facilities and augmented with landscaping materials, wood chips from local tree services, manure and agricultural wastes from local farmers, and municipal leaf waste to create a nutrient-rich final material that helps to replenish our campus’s lawns, sports fields, gardens and flowerbeds without using chemical fertilizers. In recent years, Allegheny has produced over 2000 yards of finished compost, resulting in over 4000 metric tons of carbon storage, which benefits our 2020 climate neutrality goals.
In addition to campus-wide recycling and the compost program, Allegheny also works to minimize landfill waste by eliminating sources of waste. Trayless dining, reusable takeout containers, and a Bring Your Own Cup Program normalizes a culture of reuse. The reusable takeout container program eliminates enough waste to fill five dorm rooms and saves over $13,000 annually. Students also organize the Annual Trashion Show with a runway full of fashions crafted with reused materials.
Allegheny has made a strong commitment to building efficiency and conservation.
- North Village Phase I, a residential project, has garnered LEED® Certified recognition with its incorporation of recycled materials, high indoor air quality, efficient water fixtures and lighting, and a geo-exchange heating and cooling system.
- The Vukovich Center for Communication Arts features Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood, recycled materials, occupancy sensors, and a green roof.
- The Admissions House renovation, completed in 2009, includes geo-exchange heating and cooling, a rain garden for storm-water runoff, waterless urinals and recycled-content building materials.
- North Village Phase II, a residence hall completed in 2010, achieved LEED Gold certification.
- A renovation to create the Richard J. Cook Center for Environmental Sciences in Carr Hall achieved LEED Gold certification and is Allegheny’s Showcase Project for the Better Buildings Challenge. The renovation features solar tubes, a green wall, sensors for lighting and ventilation, a sampling of alternative buildings materials, and a production aquaponics system.
Over an acre of Allegheny’s campus is planted in native species wildflowers through a unique collaboration with Ernst Conservation Seeds. Not only does this planting eliminate a significant portion of grounds maintenance, but also provides a unique research laboratory, parking lot runoff filtration and natural beauty.