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Green Projects

Knox College has embarked on a path toward better environmental stewardship through the following initiatives begun by the Sustainability Task Force and by Knox students.
WaterWater
Eliminating cafeteria trays is just one way we save water -- 9,240 gallons per year, in fact! Food waste was also reduced by 30%.
FoodFood
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
EnergyEnergy
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
RecyclingRecycling
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
CompostComposting
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
PaperTechnology & 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
WasteWaste Reduction
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
EnvironmentEnvironment
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
  • Mulching
  • Walking and biking programs
Green FeeStudent 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
EducationEducation
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