When the cool fall night wraps around campus, students enjoy the warmed dorm rooms, heated through our biomass plant which contains our central heating wood pellet boiler. Over 2/3rds of the wood chips burned here are sustainably harvested from the local woodshed, all obtained within 50 miles of the College. The biomass plant provides over 85% of the heat on campus.
In class you can transform buildings, like the Two Editors Inn, from one of the biggest energy hogs on campus to a model for efficiency in historic buildings. You can also plan for future improvements through courses like Steve Letendre’s renewable energy technology applications, where students developed a roadmap for GMC to achieve its 100% renewable energy goal. You can bask in the sun next to our 150 kW solar array on the south side of campus or drive the electric truck on the farm powered by solar from the Olwen Solar Garage built by students. If you have your own electric vehicle you can plug it in and charge for free using the charging station between Dunton and Richardson.
All of these projects are done on a frugal budget, using as few resources as possible.
We can’t simply buy our way out of environmental challenges.
Overproduction, overconsumption, and overuse created the issues we face. We have to create a new, cost-effective way of delivering a college education using as many existing resources as we can. That’s where your creativity comes in, whether you are a REED major applying ecological design principles to campus or a sustainable business major learning how to balance costs and benefits.