Longwood University Goes Green

January 3, 2015 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Colleges, Health

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!

Earth Day

Earth Day

The Green Campus Initiative at UMaine

November 29, 2014 in Campus Life

The University of Maine is one of the best campuses focusing on going green. Many benches are scattered around the campus that are green used from recycled material as part of the green campus initiative.

The university has received numerous awards for it’s green sustainability. In 2011 it was one of 16 schools to be selected to the Princeton review’s Green Honor Roll in 2011. This has really helped the university recruit students who are concerned with the environment.

One of the biggest facilities on campus is the student fitness center. Many of these buildings around the country know how costly they can be to run and how much energy it needs to be a great facility. UMaine has a green center that offers a tremendous amount of natural light. With windows wrapping around the majority of the building, there is no need to use electricity. Not only is the electricity the only resource conserved, but the student fitness center also conserves water as well as took into account what type of materials were used to build the structure.

Here are some stats provided by the umaine.edu website:

  • 7 percent of UMaine’s food budget is spent on organic and local food.
  • 30 percent of UMaine’s energy comes from renewable resources.
  • 70 percent of UMaine’s cleaning products are green certified.
  • 90 percent of campus grounds are maintained organically.
  • UMaine has a full-time sustainability coordinator and a Sustainability Council, made up of students, faculty and staff.

Also started is a student organization called the ‘green team’ their main goal is to create and maintain efficiency on campus. They help create activities that help raise awareness about a green initiative.

One of the greatest things about the campus is how important everyone views being green. It has just become a part of the culture at UMaine. Many Maine towns aren’t used to recycling or having recycling programs put in place. But, many students who come from those backgrounds including myself pick up the recycling very quickly. Sorting out trash from recycled items that can be re-used again sometime in the future. The campus has many trash and recycling stations around the campus instead of having students just throw their trash on the ground.

Speaking of trash, UMaine opened a compost facility in 2013. The compost will be used in landscaping and with the university’s crop fields. It is a great way for the university to save money by using materials that they already had paid for. Not only will it save money but the compost is used as a soil en-richer which will help with their crop fields tremendously.

UMaine has become a leader in green resources and sustainability. It not only is a great example for other colleges in the surrounding area but in the state as well. It also gives students a great example to learn from the college and adapt this lifestyle into their own lives. If you are environmentally conscious and want to reduce your carbon footprint on the earth, think about the University of Maine and their green efforts.

To Prospects of Life and an Alive Campus Farewell

February 5, 2014 in Academics, Admissions, Alive Campus, Campus Life, Career, Colleges, Events, Health, Infographics, Love, Reviews, Sports, Style, Tech, Travel

Hello Camper,

Aim and shoot for beyond the stars…

Alive Campus provides an awesome experience for individuals receiving and sharing information about their colleges. It provides an avenue for incoming freshmen, transfers and overall prospects to view an institution in light of the person-student. It is better than a commercial about an institution that attempts to sell the environment to the student. Still- the able, productive and willing student will learn to use an institution as a useful platform: Students excelling in academics and sports will be able to promote their selves through the institution or their merits for their personal reasons. College may be an expensive or inexpensive experience but SallieMae is always willing to assist the educational process toward their profitable return.

Every collegiate institution will vary by academia, cultures, privatization, religions, regulations and traditions. My attendance from Lock Haven University to Centenary College has been a fulfilling and tremendous rollercoaster of experience. El Torro and Kingda Ka in a blizzard cannot compare with my college tumbling experience. After completing then paying for one class and test I will have the opportunity to graduate from Centenary College in May, elated.

It has been a great experience writing for Alive Campus. It will no longer be my place to discuss Centenary College’s environment as I improve away from it. I do have bits of advice for individuals seeking to attend an institution or transfer from an institution. The future is changing dramatically with the variety of institutions available; chiropractic, culinary, dog training, masseuse, music and etc. type of schools exist for individuals seeking a particular career path of growth.

Do not rush any decision about the future. If you feel an inclination toward a different direction for your life then find the avenues prospering in the direction of your inclination. If you are unsure about attending a large university then attend a community college to save money and receive half (or more) of the credits at a four year college. You will have enough time to think and prepare financially for the future ahead of you without risking valuable time especially since community colleges are very affordable avenues. The one class I am taking at Centenary is more than my co-worker’s semester tuition at a community college.

Don’t let others make decisions about your life either: If they’re not offering financial backing and a place in their home with their advice about your future then take their advice like an open wound with a grain of salt; take careful thought thinking about the next steps in your future. Don’t rush your life. Advice is another option to think about especially when various walks of life will have advice readily available for a variety of purposes. Be patient thinking about decisions, and even more patient making those decisions, to enhance your life in the long run.

I hope the future progresses well for every individual!

It will progress well if you take your time for its true value.

Time is not money: It is your life.

Onward and Upward,

Kevin Dufresne


Thank you Radek Janowski and Alive Campers for being amazing and useful!

Emerson & the Environment

December 7, 2013 in Campus Life, Colleges

Emerson Recycles

Emerson Recycles

One of Emerson’s biggest mandates is to cultivate sustainability and environmentally friendly lifestyle on campus. Almost everything at our school, from the cleaning products used to the food to the electricity, has been purchased with its environmental impact in mind.

A few of our buildings–the Colonial Building and Piano Row–meet Leadership and Environmental Design standards, which is a green building certification organization. Our other buildings are in the process of being remodeled to also attain LEED recognition. 

Emerson is also a part of Green Power Partnernship, a collective of communities that “use green power in amounts that meet or exceed EPA’s Green Power Community purchase requirements” (www.epa.gov). In 2010 and 2011, Emerson used more sustainable energy than all other schools in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference.

Across campus, our lights shut off automatically when we leave a room. On every floor of every building, their are multiples recycling bins for plastic, glass, and paper. In total, Emerson recycles glass, metal, plastic, paper, cardboard, rechargeable batteries, compact fluorescent light bulbs, and, inkjet and other types of cartridges. Emerson avoids selling bottled water and has put in several water fountains for reusable water bottles to encourage sustainability in this area. Additionally, a great amount of leftover food is composted, including the napkins. 

There are six organizations that students can be a part of to get more involved in sustainability issues: Alternative Spring Break, Earth Emerson, Emerson Peace and Social Justice, Environmental Communicators, IMAGINE, and the Office of Service Learning and Community Action. Each of these organizations take different approaches to promoting sustainability, but all have the same end goal of better taking care of the earth. In the Colonial Residence Hall, one of the floors is designated as the “Green Floor,” where students who are passionate and committed to living an intentionally sustainable lifestyle may choose to live. Those who live on this floor host informational events, sharing with other students practical ways they can make their lives more environmentally friendly.

 As a student, there are several classes about the environment to take. Among them are: Ecology and Conservation, Climate Change, Environmental Ethics, Plants and People, and Science and the Politics of Water. Both the faculty and students at Emerson are passionate about keeping conversation going regarding ways we can better steward our environment.

Sources: Emerson College Website: www.emerson.edu