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North Central College offers new course in green chemistry

New this fall, a green chemistry course will focus on the design of chemical products and processes that eliminate the use of hazardous substances.

This fall North Central is offering a green chemistry course for the first time. Paul Brandt, professor of chemistry and chair of chemistry and physics, will be teaching the CHM 430 Special Topics: Green Chemistry course, which focuses on the design of chemical products and processes that eliminate the use or generation of hazardous substances.

North Central College Residence Hall/Recreation Center earns design awards

North Central College’s Residence Hall/Recreation Center has earned two construction awards for its sustainable design.

Sept. 15, 2011—North Central College’s innovative and environmentally friendly Residence Hall/Recreation Center has earned two construction awards for its sustainable design.

The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) awarded the facility the 2011 honor for Best Sustainable Design. The Res/Rec Center also received an honorable mention in the Harry H. Edwards Industry Advancement Award category.

College receives grant to start composting program fall term

College receives grant to start composting program fall term

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North Central College was awarded a grant through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Illinois Food Scrap Composting grants program to begin a composting program in Kaufman Dining Hall.



Students’ outdoor assignment for environmental studies class changes their view

Students in the Environmental Studies 120, People and Nature class, tend campus garden and landscaping as part of class work and learn more than gardening.

Two columns of rectangular black plots of dirt along the pedestrian spine produce a variety of vegetables the campus community can eat at Kaufman Dining Hall.

Several students have helped tend these plots as part of Environmental Studies 120, People and Nature, taught by Martha Bohrer (photo, below), associate professor of English.

Carpet from Kroehler Field is repurposed, recycled

Carpet from Kroehler Field is repurposed, recycled

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As work on the Kroehler Field resurfacing project in Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium continues, the College has arranged for the disposal of the rubber field or “carpet” that was removed. FieldTurf Corporation, the company installing and supplying the new field, has told North Central it will try to either recycle or reuse the removed carpet. In addition, a percentage of the carpet has been repurposed by the Cardinal baseball team for several batting practice locations. 



Campus garden is classroom for local culinary students

Campus garden is classroom for local culinary students

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Twelve high school students and two instructors from the Culinary, Pastry Arts and Hospitality Management Program of the Technology Center of DuPage visited North Central College as part of a field trip on May 6 to get a behind-the-scenes look at the campus garden program and dining services.  



Theatre sets from “Phantom” go green

Theatre sets from “Phantom” go green

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Ever wonder what happens to all the set materials from a large North Central production, like those from “The Phantom of the Opera”? In the past, old sets were loaded into a dumpster and hauled to a landfill, but not this year. The theatre department has taken a new, sustainable approach that’s both cost and environmentally friendly.



Strong winds, a scoreboard and lost tree

Strong winds, a scoreboard and lost tree

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Did you hear about the tree that almost took out the College’s scoreboard? Last month’s wind storms damaged a few trees around campus. However, looking on the bright side, this was the first chance to use the campus tree survey, initiated by Abby Hahne, sustainability coordinator. The survey revealed that the tree near the scoreboard, which was completely knocked over by the wind, was a Silver Maple (tree #626 of 794 total campus trees). At 50 inches in diameter, it was the second largest tree on campus.



Cardinal Green becomes a Sustainable Strategy

The word “sustainability” has become much more than an abstract concept around the campus of North Central College. Managing resources in a more responsible way in a global environment is a practice that has become entrenched in the operation of the institution.

Be Cardinal Green

Students crossing campus on Cardinal red bicycles. Quick-rental cars and refillable plastic bottles. Campus-wide recycling and underground stormwater management.

The common thread is sustainability, and these initiatives are all part of how North Central College is incorporating sustainable techniques and technologies into physical campus development, along with business and work environment practices that can be replicated by other businesses and colleges.

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