Kenyon has made significant strides in sustainability initiatives over recent years. Institutional effort and a committed, passionate student body came together to steer Kenyon towards a greener future.
Our commitment to becoming carbon neutral, establishing the Green Revolving Fund, achieving LEED certification on new buildings, and funding the Office of Green Initiatives have all been important steps. Achieving carbon neutrality of our campus will be reached through continuous improvements in several fields, such as energy, infrastructure, transportation, and waste management. Some initiatives are already in progress, some are just starting up, and we are constantly looking for new ways to increase our efforts.
A class project that grew into an independent study has become Kenyon's first step on the path toward carbon neutrality.
2016 saw the College formally sign the Second Nature Climate Leadership Pledge Carbon Commitment. The pledge is designed to promote and drive sustainability initiatives at institutions of higher education and focuses on carbon neutrality and resilience in the face of climate change.
The Office of Green Initiatives has compiled and published a guiding set of potential improvements and projects, the Climate Action Plan. This document outlines the step-to-step process of Kenyon becoming carbon neutral.
In 2017, a student group developed plans for a financing mechanism to support the College's progress towards carbon neutrality. Their successful proposal led to the establishment of Kenyon’s Green Revolving Fund.
The GRF pays out for short- and long-term sustainability projects proposed by students and faculty members. Savings realized by these projects are returned into the GRF to finance additional projects.
The GRF grows through direct donations, savings from efficiency improvements in existing buildings through the repair and replacement process (RR) and from projects funded by the GRF.