Past Sustainability Action Program Awardees
One of the two SAP Grants was awarded to the ECO/PEAS house to create a hoop house. A hoop house is a cheaper and more sustainable version of a greenhouse. It is used to grow plants during winter months, start crops early, and push the harvesting season later into the fall. The ECO/PEAS house has a garden but it is not utilized by very many students, as the majority of growing season falls on summer break. A hoop house on the same plot of land will allow the ECO/PEAS members to garden year-round, educate other Kenyon students about sustainable and local gardening, and grow food for ECO/PEAS dinners. Construction will take place during the spring semester (2013). You can read the article about the hoop house here.
The second SAP Grant was awarded to Jason Kass to provide students with a more environmentally friendly plastic cup that remains cost competitive with regular plastic cups. The school's recycling facility only recycles plastics #1-5, which means the #6 plastic (Solo cups) are thrown into the trash and then landfills. The grant gives students the option to use a plastic cup that is #1 plastic (recyclable on campus) and also is produced by 50% post-consumer content that comes from old water bottles (#1 plastic). The purpose of the grant is to promote student awareness and recognition of where purchased items come from and where they go. Incycle cups are currently being sold at the Kenyon College Bookstore. More information about this cup can be found at the company's website.