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Transylvania committed to creating sustainable campus environment

One of the most pressing issues of the 21st century is sustainability—meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The Crimson Goes Green campaign at Transylvania continues to promote awareness of sustainability issues on campus.

    students write sustainability suggestions in the campus center
    Students write suggestions for a more sustainable campus after the Crimson Goes Green Summit in the William T. Young Campus Center.

In April, the Crimson Goes Green Summit was held in the William T. Young Campus Center gym. The summit was an opportunity for the Transy community to come together and share the progress made toward sustainability during the academic year, and discuss future projects. Representatives from the Transylvania Environmental Rights and Responsibilities Alliance spoke about the group’s Power Vote initiatives, and senior Marci Smith recapped the success of the Youth Climate Summit Power Shift 2009.

President-elect of the Student Government Association, junior Jacob Brumfield, outlined steps that SGA has taken toward sustainability.

“We’ve placed recycling bins in residence hall rooms,” he said, “so that new students see that recycling is a part of what we do here.” Brumfield also reported the installation of duplexers, which allow the printing of double-sided documents, in the Forrer Hall and library computer labs.

The summit also gave students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to submit suggestions for a greener campus.

In keeping with the University’s goals, the Beta Zeta chapter of Delta Delta Delta hosted its annual Women of the Bluegrass dinner in April with a focus on women with careers relating to the environment.

Ann Stone of Elmwood Stock Farm in Scott County, Ky., spoke at the event about her family’s diversified operation: the certified organic farm provides quality food to local restaurants and the Lexington Farmer’s Market. An advocate of the slow food movement, Stone also spoke of the nutritional differences between organic and non-organic foods and the importance of supporting local agriculture.

Jennifer E. Drust, an environmental lawyer with Stites and Harbison, PLLC, and Karen Thompson, a geologist with Smith Management Group, also spoke at the event. The three women answered questions from the audience, addressing topics such as climate change legislation, “clean” coal, and the cost of organic produce. Visit the susainability Web page at www.transy.edu/sustainability.

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