Sustainability Efforts Earn Honorable Mention from Sierra Magazine

Story posted October 30, 2007

Sierra magazine has given Bowdoin an honorable mention in its first-ever listing of "Coolest Schools" in the November/December issue. The coolest schools, according to Sierra, are those that have demonstrated efforts to stop global warming.

Bowdoin continues its ongoing commitment to sustainability with a number of initiatives:

  • Signatory to the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment
  • EPA Green Power Partner
  • Constructing new buildings to meet LEED certification
  • Recycling used cooking oil from dining halls into our central heating plant
  • Students involved with energy reduction and recycling competitions; ECO reps in each first-year dorm to raise awareness on environmental issues
  • Use of geothermal wells for heating and cooling the College's newly renovated Museum of Art, newly renovated Studzinski Recital Hall and two residence halls
  • Burning bio-diesel fuel in some off-campus buildings

Conscious Consumerism, a five-week campaign aimed at changing campus consumption habits, is underway with week-long themes such as Cleaning Supplies, Clothes and Pizza. Each week brings educational opportunities including activities and documentaries. Click here for a schedule of events.

Read more about Sustainable Bowdoin.

"A new trend is sweeping the country — American schools are going green," said Bob Sipchen, Sierra's Editor-in-Chief. "When schools take such significant steps toward addressing global warming, it will have a huge impact on hundreds of thousands of students. And if young people take that passion into their communities and careers, it will reverberate globally."

Sierra magazine has 1.2 million readers, and is a publication of the Sierra Club, said to be the nation's oldest and largest grassroots environmental group.


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