Eliminating cafeteria trays is just one way we save water -- 9,240 gallons per year, in fact! Food waste was also reduced by 30%.
We're a fan of the local food movement --so much so that we even have our own garden.
- Golden Beet Award winner
- Community Garden
- Fair-Trade Certified coffee
- Produce from local farmers
- Bread and coffee from Galesburg businesses
- Re-usable take-out containers
- Stainless steel water bottles
Reducing our carbon footprint is top of mind. We've decreased our energy use by 28% since 1999 -- and we won't stop there. Knox has installed:
- High efficiency heating, cooling, and lighting systems
- New steam traps
- Low-E coated windows
- Temperature control systems
- Reflective roofs
- Tankless water heaters
- Electric-powered utility vehicles
- Clotheslines and drying racks
- Electric hand dryers
- All Wireless Internet access in Residence Halls
- Server Virtualization
The student-run KARES
organization has taken the lead on campus recycling, making it easy for anyone and everyone to reduce, reuse, and yes...recycle.
- Receptacles in buildings and throughout campus.
- Special recycling center in the Mail Room to collect items such as CFLs, batteries, mobile devices, etc.
- Move-In and Move-Out Recycling initiatives to capture tons of cardboard, personal items, and much more
- Four benches, two small trash bins, and 18 receptacles made of recycled milk jugs
- "Green books" made of recycled paper
- Bike trailer to collect recycling (made by Knox student Jules Trachsel)
- Separating washable and unsoiled plastic, paper, and metals in food production operations
- Yearly electronic-waste recycling program
Knox has launched a new program to convert food waste into compost. Each year, the program will transform about 60,000 pounds of waste.
- Compost bin can handle a maximum of 80 lbs. of waste per day
- Inhabited by red wiggler worms
- Compost is bagged and given to campus, Community Garden, faculty, and staff
- Eco House composts their waste
- Knox Community Garden and Knox Farm have compost systems
|Technology & Paper
Greatly reducing our paper consumption is just one perk of our campus technology.
- Green books
- Fees for printing
- Recycled paper
- Double-sided printing
- Key publications available in electronic form
- Eco-friendly printers
- One-sided prints re-fed through printers
- Electronic official transcripts
- Recycling of old computer equipment and electronics
- Wikis and blogs for collaboration
- Server virtualization
In addition to composting and recycling, Knox is investigating ways to reduce waste in all areas of campus.
- Reusable take-out containers
- Stainless steel water bottles
- Biodegradable dining wear
- Investigating bottled water ban
- Student-run Free Store "reuse shop" to keep hundreds of items out of the landfill each year
Sustainable living embodies a thoughtful approach to leading fulfilling, productive, and environmentally responsible lives.
- Low-VOC paint
- Prairie plots with native plants and grasses
- Green cleaning solutions in the Eco House
- Walking and biking programs
|Student Sustainability Fund
The Student Sustainability Fund helps students embrace sustainability by implementing their own initiatives. Funds have been allocated to:
- Creation of an Office of Sustainability and hiring a full-time Sustainability Coordinator
- Biodegradable dining wear for I-Fair and printing of the I-mag on recycled paper with soy ink
- Stainless steel water bottles for students, faculty & staff
- Dual flush toilets, faucet aerators, and low-flow shower heads
- Drying racks
Knox educates for a sustainable future by inspiring educators and engaging students through meaningful content and learner-centered instruction.
- Environmental Studies major and minor, dozens of sustainability-related classes throughout College
- Galesburg light bulb switch from incandescent light bulbs to compact fluorescent lamps (CFL)
- EquiKnox picnic
- Lecturers and speakers on sustainable living
- Adding sustainability themes to curriculum