Sierra Club: Knox is one of the nation's "Cool Schools"
Rankings cover academic programs, campus activities, environmental impact
October 03, 2013
Students initiated recycling at Knox and collect materials from academic and residential buildings campus-wide.
For the fifth year in a row, Knox College is ranked by the Sierra Club as one of the nation's "Cool Schools." The rankings -- including energy saving initiatives, environmental impact and academic programs -- were published in the club's monthly Sierra Magazine.
Areas where Knox has scored in the rankings include:
Instruction and Research
- Sustainability-focused and sustainability-related courses, including Urban Agriculture and Political Ecology: Biodiversity, Sustainability and Development.
- Support for research in sustainability by faculty and students
- Real world example: Theatre production prioritizes reuse, reusability
- Reduced 'greenhouse gas' emissions by making buildings more efficient and reducing heating
- Testing use of timer for temperature control
- Installation and retro-fitting of lights with high-efficiency LEDs
- Real world example: From the KnoxWorks blog -- LED lights installed and other sustainability-related construction.
- Donations of unused food to a local shelter
- 100% of napkins made of recycled content
- Incentives for diners to purchase reusable containers
- Real world example: Farm to Fork program teaches grade school students about local food
- Completed a campus-wide transportation survey
- Discourage air travel whenever possible
- Decrease vehicle idling
- Real world example: From the Knox Flickr channel: Support for Bike to Work Week
- Close monitoring of water use on campus
- Installed rain barrels at Eco House and Community Garden
- Expanded use of native and drought-resistant plantings
- Real world example: Water line repair saves thousands of gallons a year"