Greener Behrend: Goals

Greener Behrend: Goals

Greener Behrend is addressing seven major goals:

Goal 1:  Energy

Reduce energy use and promote cleaner fuels

The college relies on electricity and natural gas for most processes that require energy consumption. It is not feasible to eliminate electrical use for lights, computers, or most other equipment; nor can we reasonably stop using internal combustion engines in our cars and other vehicles. Therefore, implementation of this goal incorporates a practical approach to energy reduction.  More about Energy >>>

Goal 2:  Water

Use water in a conservative and respectable manner

The college is concerned about water use throughout campus, including academic, athletic, dining and housing facilities, and grounds. The college’s water comes from the City of Erie’s water system, which gets most of its water from Lake Erie. Since 1996, annual water consumption at the college increased from about 2.7 million cubic feet to 3.8 million cubic feet. We would like to see per capita water use decrease by 25 percent over the next decade.  More about Water >>>

Goal 3:  Waste

Minimize solid and liquid waste

Behrend produces relatively little liquid or hazardous waste. Consequently, efforts related to waste reduction will focus on reducing the use of and increasing the recycling of paper and cardboard, plastic and glass bottles, and aluminum cans. More about Waste >>>

Goal 4:  Food

Increase the healthfulness of food and reduce its waste

Specific areas to be addressed include enhanced healthfulness of food served on campus and improvement of processes related to waste reduction: composting, recycling, and food purchasing policies in college dining facilities. Supplying additional vegetarian options, participating in an “eat low on the food chain” program, and initiating composting will all address this goal.  More about Food >>>

Goal 5:  Conserve Nature

Protect and conserve natural areas

At the college, as in any place where human activities are multifaceted, the demands of those multiple uses on the land and its resources are complex and contradictory. Growth and development too often come at the expense of irreplaceable natural resources, aesthetic value, ecological function, and ecosystem integrity. Among efforts to address this goal is a plan to identify and protect a portion of the campus as an ecological conserve.  More about Conserve Nature >>>

Goal 6:  Green Practices

Incorporate "green" practices into the construction and renovation of facilities

The environmental sustainability of the college’s buildings and grounds during design, construction, renovation, and maintenance is an important component of an integrated plan to address sustainability. By using practices that create healthy places to work and enjoy and that are environmentally responsible and cost effective, we can successfully address this goal.  More about Green Practices >>>

Goal 7:  Education

Promote ecological stewardship within college community

An integrated effort to educate the college community will encompass the goals of the Greener Behrend Task Force, and the specific performance indicators developed for each goal. This education and stewardship effort will be coordinated and conducted by an education and stewardship committee comprised of faculty members, staff, and students.  More about Education >>>