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 to create a soil-like, nutrient-rich material that helps to replenish our campus’s lawns, gardens and flowerbeds without using chemical fertilizers. Read more about Allegheny’s composting program in this May 2008 BioCycle magazine article.
In 2008 Allegheny participated in RecycleMania for the first time. This offered an excellent opportunity to involve students in the process, raise awareness, collect data regarding our waste stream, compare our results to similar campuses, and identify opportunities to reduce our overall waste. Waste minimization efforts continue to evolve with recent work to develop athletic event recycling, reusable takeout container programs and free-cycle events.
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.
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.