Monday, January 16, 2017

Lane College

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Lane College

School details:
Full-time enrollment: 2,121
Part-time enrollment: 25
Location: Jackson, Tennessee


  • 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.

Green Building

  • 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.

Student Involvement

  • 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.
  • written by admin

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