Marlboro College has recently become a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education to further campus efforts toward building a healthy and just world. Through membership in AASHE, Marlboro will receive support in advancing its sustainability initiatives throughout the institution and in the community.
“AASHE counts on the support of progressive institutions like Marlboro to fulfill its mission of facilitating leadership to transform our planet,” said Meghan Fay Zahniser, AASHE executive director. “As the gateways to knowledge, higher education institutions have a unique opportunity to make sustainability part of everyone’s agenda. I welcome Marlboro to our family of colleges, universities, associations, and businesses driving the transformation to a sustainable world.”
AASHE enables higher education institutions to meet their sustainability goals by providing specialized resources, professional development, and a network of peer support. Membership covers every individual at an institution, so the entire campus community can take advantage of member benefits.
“We are happy to join AASHE and expand on our active role within the higher education community, as we all work to advance sustainability,” said Todd Smith, Marlboro chemistry professor and chair of the Environmental Advisory Committee. “We encourage students, faculty, and staff to visit the AASHE site and take advantage of the member-only resources to support ongoing campus efforts like the community farm, recycling, composting, energy conservation, and the Real Food Challenge.”
The addition of new solar panels on the south-facing awning of the Marlboro College Graduate Center, on October 28, marked the latest stage in the greening of Marlboro. The new system includes a series of 16 grid-tied photovoltaic panels, rated at a total of 4,560 watts, facing the graduate center parking lot.
“It’s a very visible start to what could be a larger project down the road,” said K.P. Peterson, the college’s master electrician. Although the panels are not sufficient to generate all of the electricity used by the facility, long-range plans include expanding on the project to include panels on the roof.