St. Mary’s College of
Maryland – Green InitiativesEnergy Conservation:
By upgrading fixtures, adjusting campus facilities
operations and raising the campus community awareness about
wasteful energy usage, St. Mary’s College of MD is making
progress in using energy more efficiently, containing energy
expenditures and reducing its impact on the environment.
St. Mary’s College of MD made a commitment to designing and
building new facilities with sustainability in mind.
Goodpaster Hall, the most recent academic building on campus
achieved the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in
Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver rating.
Green Energy Fund:
St. Mary’s College students voted to create a Green Energy
Fund by raising student fees $25 per year. The purpose of
the Green Energy Fund is to purchase Renewable Energy
Credits to offset 100% of the College’s electricity use and
fund renewable energy projects on campus. St. Mary’s College
received the 2008 EPA Green Power Leadership Club award for
The College’s cafeteria does not offer trays anymore. The
cafeteria users largely supported this initiative that is
expected to reduce food waste by approximately 25%, contain
the College’s food expenditure and reduce water and energy
used by the College dining services.
Green Cleaning Products:
St. Mary’s College of MD is transitioning to 100%
environmentally responsible Green Seal certified cleaning
Recycling and Composting programs:
St. Mary’s College of MD is expanding its recycling and
composting programs. Student volunteers have been collecting
recyclable and compostable material from the residences.
Compostable bins will soon be available all across campus.
The College is looking into partnering up with local farms
to develop a larger scale composting facility that can
accommodate the significant quantities of compostable food
waste from the cafeteria.
St. Mary’s College of MD’s groundkeeping crews are at the
forefront of environmental stewardship by implementing
sustainable practices. Their efforts include protecting the
St. Mary’s River by developing green buffer areas, creating
green spaces and wildlife habitat, using integrated past
management and minimizing the usage of synthetic
fertilizers. SMCM has applied to the Audubon Cooperative
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