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Illinois Sustainable University Compact

Knox College's Contributions

1. Join the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR Challenge to increase energy efficiency on campus.

a. Since 2000 has invested over 2.5 million to upgrade lighting, motors, building controls and other energy efficiencies on campus
b. When purchasing new appliances such as refrigerators, stoves, washers, dryers, hot water heaters, furnaces and air conditioners we purchase Energy Star labeled appliances.
c. Use of programmable thermostats
d. Replacement of incandescent bulbs with cfl's.
e. All exit signs are LED's

2. Pledge that all new building constructed on campus to earn the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.

a. When every the College builds a new facility or does a major renovation the College will strongly consider and make every effort to become LEED certified.

3. Promote more sustainable transportation options.

a. As we rent vehicles from our local Ford dealer more and more of the vehicles are flex fuel vehicles.
b. The college supports and encourages the campus to do more car pooling, ride sharing and the use of bicycles.

4. Reduce water usage on campus by 15%.

a. The college uses low flow toilets, urinals, showerheads and faucet aerators.
b. The watering of athletic fields have been lowered by installing watering controls on all of the athletic fields and the new turf in the Bowl has eliminated the need to water the football field
c. In the Central heating and cooling plant we use soft water in the boilers and chillers and maintain proper chemical levels to increase the cycles of concentration and maintain minimum scaling allowing increased water reduction and fuel efficiencies.

5. Complete at least one storm water management project such as, Incorporating swales into landscaping to improve drainage and reduce erosion.

a. As part of development of parking lots and building spaces we have been installing detention ponds to prevent land erosion and overloading of the storm sewer system.

6. Increase the amount of overall waste recycled on campus by at least 15 percent.

a. The College over the last 4 years has more than doubled what we recycle by adding recycling in the residential halls and working with our waste contractor to recycle more products such as number 3, 4, 5 and 7 plastics and all paper and cardboard.
b. The computer lab is reusing paper that has been printed on one side for student printing.
c. The College is using recycled paper in copiers and printers.
d. Printers are being set up to print automatically double sided.

7. Purchase non-toxic cleaning products whenever practical.

a. Within Facilities Services the Building Services division with the help of Purchasing has incorporated buying cleaning products that are eco friendly whenever possible but still maintain the sanitation level needed.

8. Compost at least 5,000 cubic yards of the organic waste produced on campus.

a. At this time the College does minimal composting but is researching ways to increase composting within Dining Services and Grounds.

9. Reduce pesticide use by establishing integrated pest management practices at all facilities on campus.

a. The only pest control done on the Campus grounds is for grubs on the athletic fields with minimal dosage levels.
b. All pest control chemicals used in campus buildings are EPA certified to be safe for pets and humans. Facilities Services is in constant communications with our pest control provider to find saver and more eco friendly was to manage pest.