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A guide to a green Skidmore

May 12, 2015

A new Skidmore Sustainability Map is a great guide to all-things-green on campus.

Skidmore’s new Sustainability Map is an excellent starting point for anyone—student, campus visitor, interested member of the off-campus community—to get a quick sense of the College’s green profile.

The map serves as a focus for sustainability efforts, providing an easy way to locate a large number of initiatives. It is the latest and most comprehensive tool to help connect sustainability to life on campus.

The map facilitates several different campus tours and strategically uses specific icons to help people identify broad themes. For example, student programs use an identifier known as “Skidmore Unplugged,” which is the name of an annual student-run energy-reduction competition; and an energy tour identifies specific sustainability initiatives, such as the location of buildings that use geothermal heating and cooling, as well as off-campus renewable energy initiatives such as the solar array and the micro-hydro project at Chittenden Falls.

The new location of the Community Garden, Skidmore Bikemore, and a recently completed lighting retrofit in the Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall at the Arthur Zankel Music Center (which reduces energy consumption by 86 percent, even while almost doubling the number of lights in the air) also are featured.

Sustainability Coordinator Levi Rogers calls the map “a wonderful new tool that illustrates the tremendous amount of work that has been accomplished by Skidmore community members across campus. It also brings attention to many of the less visible campus initiatives that still significantly contribute to our greenhouse gas savings, and sustainability more broadly, and will hopefully spur new ideas to keep the college moving forward. Skidmore’s commitment to sustainability continues to grow, and we are excited to be able to capture our progress with this map in the coming years."

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