Kenyon is involved in a nationally recognized composting program that recycles waste from Peirce Dining Hall to create soil for use around campus. The program reduces the weight of landfill material by 6,000 pounds per week. At this rate, landfill waste will be cut by 312,000 pounds per year.
Dudley Thomas, director of the Chemistry Department labs, has produced 80 gallons of biodiesel from dining hall waste. Maintenance staff supplement traditional fuel sources with biodiesel in lawn mowers and packers used to collect garbage.
Kenyon's Library and Information Services (LBIS) is exploring many different ways to reduce the environmental impact of the school's technology infrastructure. Recently, printers in computer labs across campus were converted to double-sided printing in order to conserve paper. LBIS has begun to purchase energy-efficient equipment for all future installations and upgrades. Staff also are conducting workshops and tutorials for students and faculty about how to conserve energy in electronics and technology.