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Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Dartmouth’s Sustainability Initiative has received $200,000 through a $135,000 grant from the Morgan Family Foundation of Los Altos, Calif., and a $65,000 gift from Mary Morgan Finegan, a member of the Dartmouth class of 1986. The foundation grant will fund efforts to weave sustainability into all aspects of Dartmouth’s operations. The Finegan gift will support student initiatives in the Sustainable Living Center residence hall.
“Reducing our footprint must be a collective effort,” said Kathy Lambert, the sustainability manager and a member of the Dartmouth class of 1990. “This funding will help us create a shared roadmap for sustainability at Dartmouth.”
The funding from the Morgan Foundation will support a campus-wide sustainability assessment and a series of workshops to establish goals for energy and greenhouse gas reduction, waste minimization, water conservation, and other sustainability indicators. The funds will also support the creation of metrics that will be used to track progress.
According to Lambert, receiving the grant affirms the important role that colleges and universities can play in addressing critical national issues. “Dartmouth, like all residential colleges, has an opportunity to model exemplary environmental stewardship,” said Lambert. “What we learn by integrating sustainability principles with college operations to reduce our impact on the planet can be shared with other institutions and individuals.”
Dartmouth’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, announced in September 2008 by President James Wright, is one example of how Dartmouth is advancing sustainability. Wright pledged that Dartmouth would cut its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 30 percent by the year 2030, starting with a pledge to a 20 percent reduction by 2015. In making his announcement, Wright said, “There is no doubt that energy, sustainability, and climate change will be the defining challenges of this century. Dartmouth, which has a long tradition of leadership on environmental issues, is proud to make this pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”
Dartmouth’s Sustainability Living Center (SLC), a residence hall for 19 eco-minded students established in the fall of 2008, received funding from alumnus Mary Finegan ’86 to help support programming and workshops. Some planned projects include launching a campus-wide sustainable design symposium, supporting student research to monitor energy consumption, and conducting experiments in sustainable living. Last term, students at the SLC reduced electricity use by 58 percent below the five-year average through behavioral changes alone.
“This grant will help us develop the SLC as a living laboratory and model for student residences with minimal ecological footprints,” said Lambert.
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