- Lane College’s president is in charge of creating a formal sustainability plan for the campus.
- The Environmental Safety program is working to implement a green purchasing policy at the college.
- Lane is renovating its historic buildings to be more energy-efficient, including HVAC upgrades. All new renovation projects use sustainable materials that utilize resources efficiently, improve indoor air quality, and conserve water.
- Berry Hall was designed to meet LEED standards. It features sustainable building components including locally harvested wood and reclaimed doors; and efficiency measures including light sensors, low-flow faucets, insulated windows, and efficient HVAC systems. Ninety-seven percent of its construction waste was diverted from traditional disposal.
- J.K. Daniels and Bray Hall are Energy Star certified.
- To improve energy efficiency, buildings feature energy management systems, lighting sensors, efficient lighting, and timers for temperature control.
- Water-conserving technologies include low-flow toilets, faucets, and showerheads. Two buildings also feature efficient chillers, and the college makes quarterly repairs to its water systems.
Climate Change & Energy
- A greenhouse gas emissions inventory is in progress.
- The school recently installed a new boiler and heat exchanger in the J. F. Lane Health gymnasium to reduce the campus’s gas consumption.
- The college regularly performs preventative maintenance on HVAC systems to increase building efficiency.
- Aluminum, cardboard, paper, and some plastics are recycled on campus.
- The college’s used batteries, computers, light bulbs, and printer cartridges are also recycled.
- Faculty and staff are encouraged to use duplex printing, and most communication across campus is electronic, which reduces paper use.
- Organic foods are served in the dining halls.
- Vegetable oil is recycled for use as biodiesel.
- Pre- and post-consumer food scraps are composted.
- Trays are optional inside dining locations to save water and energy and to reduce food waste.
- Students are leading a recycling initiative, focusing on purchasing recycling bins, placing them around campus, and educating the campus community about recycling.
- The college offers a course on Ecology and Environmental Biology.
- Two student researches are working with faculty to conduct environmental quality and biodiversity surveys of a local wetland.
- The college has recently purchased 46 acres of farmland to introduce students to sustainable agriculture concepts and to preserve the natural resources on this land.
- Of the 25 vehicles in the campus fleet, 8 are electric.
- The college provides shuttle services for students living off campus in order to reduce car use.