Kenyon's Office of Green Initiatives leads sustainability efforts across the campus and encourage students and community members to work together to protect our shared environment.
In the fall of 2015, the Office of Green Initiatives undertook a recycling inventory, which involved surveying the status and number of recycling bins across campus. While recycling had a presence, the program lacked in the number and consistency of recycling bins on campus. One significant change in Kenyon’s recycling program that has already been implemented is the addition of recycling bins for every room in the first year dorms.
In the spring of 2015, Lauren Johnstone '15, Matt Meyers '17 and Sarah Oleisky '16 met with the Kenyon College Board of Trustees and recommended that the College make a formal commitment to reduce its carbon footprint to zero and become an institutional climate action leader. In February 2016, President Sean Decatur signed the carbon component of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment, pledging Kenyon to a goal of carbon neutrality.
The office also created a green rooms and green lifestyles certification program for Kenyon students, faculty and staff who had the opportunity to be recognized for their sustainable activities by completing green objectives. The purpose of this program is to encourage members of the Kenyon community to take ownership of their individual carbon footprints and recognize that simple everyday actions have a real impact on the world around us.
This summer, the Office of Green Initiatives plans to inventory the College's carbon emissions over the past 10-15 years in order to begin solidifying a carbon neutrality plan. This work will be undertaken by Laura Langner '16, Dani Huffman '19 and Matt Meyers '17. Data will be compiled from many sectors of the College to provide a holistic view of the current carbon footprint and shape the timeline to reduce the footprint to zero.