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Students in a Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems class recently stepped out of the classroom … and into beekeeping suits. The buzzworthy hands-on experience was part of a field trip to an apiary in Norwich, Conn. “The course explores strategies to create a sustainable agriculture and food system,” said Rosemary Ostfeld ’10, visiting assistant professor… Every summer, when campus is relatively quiet, the Facilities Team is hard at work maintaining, renovating, and upgrading all of Wesleyan’s buildings and grounds. Part of this work involves the large-scale replacement of furniture in residential facilities—a process that has recently been made more environmentally friendly thanks to a partnership with IRN, an organization dubbed… This year, the Sustainability Office is partnering with Commute with Enterprise to offer vanpooling opportunities to employees. A vanpool is a group of 7–15 people traveling to work together in a minivan or a 12–15 passenger van. Vanpool groups usually meet each day at a prearranged location, such as a park-and-ride lot. Commuters pay a… Wesleyan’s Sustainability Action Plan (SAP), developed in 2016, is a five-year plan that reflects Wesleyan’s commitment to a sustainable future. Written with input from more than 130 students, faculty, and staff, the plan establishes goals, objectives, strategies, timelines, metrics, and responsible parties in topic areas. In November, Wesleyan’s Sustainability Office released its first Sustainability Action Plan…

Water

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Low-flow fixtures save 40 million gallons/year, a 33% reduction of all water on campus

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Building

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  • Platinum
    Boger
  • Gold
    Albritton
  • Silver
    Fauver
    Bennett
    Usdan*
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Academic

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  • Courses With Sustainability Content
  • 35% of departments have at least one
  • 12% of all courses
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Energy

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Energy efficiency retrofits have saved 6,000 tons of CO2— equivalent to planting more than 155,000 trees

We generate 100% of our energy some days, generating up to 25% from solar

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Dining

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all meals cooked from scratch / antibiotic and hormone-free poultry / cage-free eggs / 19% locally sourced /一道本不卡免费高清 free trade, organic coffee

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Waste

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  • 100% of dining and yard waste is composted
  • Trades of reusable items increased 372% in 2015
  • Program membership grew 40%
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