Spalding University’s Green Initiative Team was established to promote a more sustainable campus. The committee is composed of Faculty, Staff and Students.
Team members include: Jeff Bile, Barbara Carter, Jennifer Doyle, Matt Elder, Cynthia Green, Christopher Kolb, Ezra Krumhansl, Joyce Ogden, Dori Parmenter, Kathy Reesor, Robin Tapp and Gracie Wishnia.
The committee is focused on reducing the impact of Spalding University on the environment by reducing consumption of resources, recycling and reusing materials, and increasing green spaces on campus.
Single Stream Recycling
Since April 2011, Spalding has implemented a green initiative using single-stream recycling—an economical and fiscally responsible mode of recycling. Single-stream recycling allows the Spalding community to dispose of recyclable material without the hassle of sorting. With the exception of Styrofoam, hazardous materials, and food contaminants, all other materials are accepted. Marked receptacles can be found next to traditional waste receptacles in all buildings on campus. Spalding University established the Green Initiative Team to promote a more sustainable campus. The committee is composed of faculty, staff and students. Kevin Weber, Director of Facilities Management, works in conjunction with his team to ensure the success of the program and bring Spalding to a responsible level of waste disposal. Items such as spiral notebooks, paperback books, bottles of any kind, plastic containers, newspaper, paper bags, aluminum and tin cans, and cardboard are just a few examples of acceptable items. A complete listing of items is available through QRS Recycling (http://www.qrsrecycling.com/single-stream). Spalding has reduced the amount of waste sent to the landfill, downsizing from three dumpsters on campus to one. Over 60% of waste is now recycled and the overall cost of waste disposal has been reduced significantly.
Becoming a Paperless Campus
In recent years, Spalding University has reduced paper consumption over 50%. The Office of the Registrar has led the way in reducing the use of paper forms and paper files for students. Student files are now maintained in an electronic document management system and nearly all registrations are done online via http://my.spalding.edu. Other student services areas have reduced the amount of paper consumed, by sending paper bills or financial aid letters less frequently and communicating using email and social media. One of the largest drops has been in the amount of student printing. In August 2011, a new “pay for print” system was put in place to encourage students to print less. In addition, Spalding faculty are using Moodle to create and receive assignments, so that students do not need to print homework for submission. Student printing on campus has been reduced by 90% compared to previous years.
Spalding University is committed to increasing the amount of green space on campus to improve the look of campus and provide more outdoor gathering space for students. The University is working with the Metropolitan Sewer District to reduce storm water runoff on campus. Over 200,000 square feet has been identified for controlled run off and the University is working with MSD to secure a grant to create green space and capture or redirect storm water from the common sewer system.