by Diane VanDyke
The College will join colleges and universities across the U.S. in observing National Campus Sustainability Day on Wednesday, Oct. 20.
Information tables and programs will be available at Central Campus, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, and West Campus, 101 College Drive, Pottstown, featuring some of the College’s sustainable practices.
Members of the Student Government Association will host information tables displaying the benefits of the recently launched pilot transportation shuttle program that enables students to travel back and forth between campuses for classes and activities.
Departing from each campus five times per day, the 14-passenger van has the potential to reduce commuter vehicle mileage by up to 3,900 daily when operating at full capacity. The shuttle pilot will be extended, free of charge to students, for the duration of the spring 2011 semester.
SGA members will also host an information table about the Alternative Spring Break trip with a preferred application sign-up sheet. During spring break, March 14-18, students have the opportunity to travel to Michigan to work on a Habitat for Humanity home that utilizes LEED-certified building practices. Students who sign up now will receive the ASB application one week before it is distributed to the rest of the campuses.
The College will present a sustainability webcast, “Empowering a Low Carbon Movement at Your Campus: Strategies and Tools for Behavior Change, Community Engagement and Large-Scale Transformation” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in Parkhouse Hall, room 110 at Central Campus and in South Hall, room 251 at West Campus.
During the webinar, Dave Gershon, an expert on environmental behavior change and community engagement will share proven strategies and tools. The program also features moderator Andrew Revkin, a Senior Fellow of Environmental Understanding at Pace University and former New York Times environmental reporter.
The webcast will discuss such topics as how to engage the community in local climate change initiatives, apply social design principles, empower individuals to reduce their carbon footprints and use these tools and strategies on campus and in the community.