WHAT CAN YOU DO ON CAMPUS?
Unsure of what to recycle, what to throw away and what you can compost on campus? Check out our handy guide telling you what’s what.
The RCF is our campus tool for kickstarting energy savings initiatives on campus. ‘Energy’ here is defined loosely to include ideas that reduce electricity, water, gas, labor and anything else you can think of that would have tangible benefits to the College. There is an open application process each fall that culminates in an Idea Fair, which showcases each proposal and allows the Vassar community to vote for their favorite.
Passed in February 2011, the GHG Reduction plan outlines the College’s plan for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 3% annually. We track our progress towards this goal with our GHG inventory from Clean Air-Cool Planet.
STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System) is a program of AASHE (the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education). The system offers a holistic method for understanding sustainability in all sectors of Higher Ed, enabling comparisons and progress over time, and facilitates information sharing and the formation of best practices for Higher Ed sustainability. Check out Vassar’s Silver rating by clicking on the above link.
The National Wildlife Federation is a non-profit that has been working with colleges and universities over the last 20 years by providing education and resources. Check out the above link to search through their large inventory of campus case studies, resource guides and reports.
As a member institution, Vassar is granted access to AASHE’s inventory of campus case studies and reports. You can create a login using your vassar.edu email address and check out the wide range of information.
The New York Coalition for Sustainability in Higher Education is a group of New York Colleges and Universities that serves to share information, resources and best practices among its members.