- Saint Augustine is working on a formal sustainability plan.
- The college has signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment.
- Energy efficiency technologies include LED lighting in exit signs, motion sensors to shut off lights, energy management systems in classroom buildings, and variable speed drives.
- The college is replacing all incandescent bulbs with fluorescent.
- To conserve water, low-flow faucets, showerheads, and toilets have been installed, and the college regularly fixes leaks.
- Non-potable water is used on campus.
Climate Change & Energy
- Building systems are regularly tuned up to increase efficiency, and the library’s chillers are being updated.
- The college has implemented temperature setbacks.
- To encourage campus users to reduce their energy use, rebate programs are offered for inefficient appliances.
- The school is exploring the idea of generating renewable energy on campus.
- Traditional materials recycled on campus include aluminum, cardboard, and paper.
- The college also recycles its used batteries, computers, ballasts, and printer cartridges. It has purchased a bulb eater to recycle old light bulbs.
- The dining halls feature local foods.
- Food is grown in an on-campus garden.
- Trays have been removed from dining areas to save water and energy and reduce food waste.
- Members of the Science Club are working on a campus recycling program and looking into methods of capturing rainwater for reuse in gardening.
- The college’s master plan calls for a pedestrian-friendly campus core with no cars.
- Freshmen are not allowed to bring cars to campus, and all students are charged for parking.