Students, faculty, staff, and alumni have come together to shape K-College's environmental agenda. From student groups to College departments to giving, each group plays an integral role in advancing and maintaining a "green" college.
Students have historically played a key role in K's environmental stewardship. Students successfully advocated for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for Hicks, the College's student center.
They also played an important role in the College's decision to sign the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, and continue to be involved in the agreement's implementation today.
Student groups coordinate a variety of awareness-raising activities each year. Current student-led campaigns focus on a campus-wide bottled water ban and the purchase of "green" electricity using cost-savings from energy reduction.
From Facilities Management to Residential Life, the staff of Kalamazoo College is working hard to reduce our environmental footprint.
In 2009, Facilities Management started the Sustainability Project Fund to pay for campus-wide initiatives. Facilities Management also operates the award-winning Recycling Department which has contributed to waste minimization and resource conservation projects.
K-College's Residential Life continues to be supportive of sustainable student-living situations and accepted two environmentally-conscious living-learning houses for the 2008-2009 academic year: the Sustainability House and the Wilderness Philosophy House.
K-College professors continue to promote sustainability through new course offerings and scholarship.
Alumni & The Guilds
Without the generous support of alumni, K-College would not be able to finance sustainability projects. Alums sit on college committees, directly steering future environmental policies. More and more alums are distinguishing themselves in careers related to sustainability.
The Career Development Center created the Guilds to connect alums and students working on environmental issues.