Initiatives — Projects
Go By Bike
Go By Bike is a diverse group of Haverford community members who share a common love: cycling. Some of us bike for environmental reasons, some of us bike for recreation, some of us bike for health. Regardless of how we came to cycling, we all believe in biking as a practical, sustainable means of transportation.
In spring of 2009 the committee sponsored an educational program that emphasized the benefits of bicycle transportation, both personal and environmental.
You can read more about Go By Bike at www.haverford.edu/staff/gobybike/index.html
Stokes Hall Green Roof
Haverford College received its first green roof in October 2008. Located on Stokes Hall the 5,700 sq. ft. roof is planted with 6 species of Sedum.
Energy Work Study Program
Two students were hired to patrol the campus during evening hours giving “friendly reminders” to community members about energy conservation.
In fall of 2008, the Committee on Environmental Responsibility (CER) hired a private consultant to find ways to divert food waste from going to a landfill. Currently the college is composting pre-consumer food waste on campus and is looking into container composting.
Facilities Bike Program
Bikes were issued to Facilities Management personnel to get around campus. Program was successful and is currently being expanded to include other campus members.
Physical Education Credit: Organic Gardening
Students work in the garden plots for PE credit. Food grown supplements produce served in the Dining Center.
“Let it Grow” Initiative
The college has allowed areas to return to meadow. By managing grassy areas instead of maintaining them it aids in storm water management and provides wildlife habitat.
Between 2005 and 2008, 7,870 trees, shrubs and perennials were installed. 84% of them native.
During the spring 2009 semester, Haverford College participated in the Recyclemania contest for the first time. Recyclemania is a friendly competition among schools nationwide to see who can recycle the most.
- Per Capita Classic Division, which pits colleges against each other to see who can collect the most acceptable recyclables per person. Haverford ranked #17 nationally (out of 293 schools entered) and was #1 in the state (out of 30 schools entered).
- Gorilla Prize – Competition Division, in which schools compete to see which can collect the highest gross tonnage of recyclables, regardless of campus population.
- Haverford ranked #171 nationally and #15 in the state, with 61,307 pounds of recyclables collected.
- Food Service Organics, in which schools compete to see which can recycle the largest amount of food service organics per person.
- Haverford ranked #28 nationally and #5 in the state.