Longwood is a very green school. The university uses different ways to stay green as students come and go. All throughout campus, people can find recycling bins in every academic, recreational, and residence hall building. These are put there by the university to encourage students to go green.
With an Office of Sustainability, there are many programs that are offered to encourage students to go green. A couple initiatives of the office, was a bird house making contest. This contest allowed people to decorate bird houses, in order for them to be hung up all around campus to to promote being environmentally friendly. Another thing they have done, is put on a week that was dedicated to recycling.
Also, the university has taken really unique and dirastic steps to making the campus more envoirnmentally friendly and sustainable, by actually building their buildings out of recycled materials. One key building that is about seven years old now, is the Health and Fitness Center. This is one of the biggest and most used buildings on Longwood’s campus, but many do not know that it is made entirely out of recycled materials. As Longwood continues to grow and expand, they are taking what they did with the fitness center along with it. The university has been dedicated to continuing to make the new buildings that they build all out of recycled materials.
During move in and move out, the university puts out large bins for students to throw away their cardboard and other recyclable materials. The university also has an outdoor classroom to promote getting outside and being great to the green. Longwood recently added an environmental studies major to its curriculum. This major allows students to learn about issues in the environment.
The university’s dining services also try to be as environmentally friendly as possible. They did this by selling the trays that students use to take to eat with them for charity, and that alone reduced the amount of water the dining hall used to wash the trays significantly. Also, the dining services, such as the coffee shop Java City on campus, sells organic coffees and teas to costumers.
In order to reduce your carbon footprint, the Office of Sustainabiltiy encourages students, faculty, and staff to carpool, by using ride boards and other services. They also encourage students to get out and walk instead of driving, by continually adding sidewalks and pedestrian bridges for students to walk on.
One of the main staples on Longwood’s campus is the Biomass Heating Plant. This heating plant cost the university 14 million dollars and burns biomass for heating fuel. Longwood is the only state institution of higher education in the state of Virginia that burns biomass to make heating fuel. The plant provides 80 percent on the university’s heat and hot water. (All facts are from: http://www.longwood.edu/sustainability/index.html) Click there to go straight to Longwood’s Office of Sustainability webpage.
But with all the cool things Longwood does to stay green, sustainable, and to encourage people in the community to go green, one things they always rememeber, is to celebrate Earth Day!