The College has a single Global Electric Motorcar (GEM) for use by maintenance staff, with plans to expand the electric fleet by two vehicles per year. Operation costs for the small truck average a mere $0.10 per day, a significant reduction from the $10 per day required for more traditional vehicles.
In an effort to improve water efficiency, EPA-approved water fixtures are being installed in all new construction projects and retrofitted in older buildings. The initiative includes low-flow shower nozzles and sinks, low-consumption water closets, dual-flush toilets, and waterless urinals. It is expected that the water-saving devices will become universal within a year.
All new construction undertaken by Graham Gund Architects, including the new art facilities and North Campus residence halls, are LEED certified. This will ensure that energy efficiency remains a top priority in the building process.
Kenyon has joined many other businesses and institutions in the DemandSMART energy reduction program, which provides incentives for the institution to reduce its energy usage during peak times so as not to strain the energy grid.