At Lyndon, we are surrounded by reasons to be good stewards of our environment—we live close to nature here in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. As citizens and educators, we believe in sustainable environmental practices.
In 2007, we launched an energy efficiency program that included new lighting fixtures, energy efficient windows, and heating fuel retrofits, that have saved $400,000—at a time when the campus was actually growing.
A 5kW photovoltaic array—built and installed in part by students in our Sustainability Studies Program—went online in spring 2012. It’s located next to the Alumni House and generates enough electricity to run an average household.
Lyndon’s new Academic and Student Activity Center, which opened in 2009, has been awarded LEED Gold designation by the United States Green Building Council in recognition of energy efficiency and sustainable building practices.
Students serve on the Sustainability Committee as well as Students for Campus Conservation. They also built and work in the campus garden and greenhouse that supplies some of the food served in the College’s dining hall.
The College has “single-stream” recycling in all major residence halls and academic buildings, which substantially reduces the amount of storage capacity and labor needed for the campus recycling program. In cooperation with Sodexo, food waste is sent to a local farm for composting. Our Natural Science Department has acquired equipment to refine cooking oils for use in biofuel. They expect to be producing biodiesel in the near future.