North Central College - Naperville, IL

Community garden flourishes in new location

Faculty, staff, students and community members get their hands dirty to help maintain the community garden, now located at Chicago Avenue.

North Central’s organic community garden has a new home on Chicago Avenue. The recent move from the Loomis Street location was necessary for construction of the new Science Center.

Faculty, staff, students and community members have been caretakers of the campus’s community garden since its start in 2010. They are eligible to maintain one or more of the 26 garden plots and the plots maintained by Chartwells produce fresh produce for Kaufman.

Sustainability efforts continue on campus with Project Move Out 2015

The third year of Project Move Out has taken strides since the Sustainability Office implemented a recycling and donation program for the College campus.

North Central College has continued to press on with its campus-wide sustainability efforts. After the third year of implementing Project Move Out from the residence halls at the end of the academic year, the College and its student residents helped contribute to the reduction of waste in landfills.  

Summer researchers build comprehensive tree database that will serve multiple purposes

A joint student-faculty-sustainability research project seeks to catalog and manage the trees on the College’s 65-acre campus.

A research team of “tree geeks” spent the summer getting to know all the trees that adorn the North Central College campus. It took four weeks for them to identify all the species, measure each circumference, tag each with a number for future reference and assign GPS coordinates to the location.

North Central receives award for achieving environmental goals

Professor Martha Bohrer accepted bronze award
North Central College has been recognized as a bronze-level institution for its commitment to sustainability through Illinois Campus Sustainability Compact.

North Central College has been recognized as a bronze-level institution for its commitment to adopting and fulfilling environmental goals through the Illinois Campus Sustainability Compact.

Sustainability news: New vehicle charging station, composting recognition, paperless applications

Food composting practice in Kaufman Dining Hall
North Central’s sustainability efforts gain recognition for food composting, add electric vehicle charging station, eliminate paper applications.

North Central College supports and encourages sustainability practices in all aspects of campus life throughout the year. Recent news include recognition for the College’s food composting efforts, addition of another electric vehicle charging station and paperless efforts in the Office of Admission.
     

Results of Project Move Out: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Relocate

As residence halls emptied after spring term, unwanted furniture, carpet, dishes and pounds of electronics, food and clothing were collected, recycled, reused.

Results are in—and they’re good! Project Move Out 2014 helped reduce overall waste as members of the North Central College campus community moved out of residence hall rooms, offices and more at the end of 2013-2014 academic year.

Here’s the good news:
•    1,000-plus lbs. of electronics, from TVs to lamps, were recycled.
•    721 square feet of carpet were set aside for recycling.
•    600 lbs. of food were collected and donated to Loaves & Fishes Community Pantry.

Local media features North Central’s food composting program

The Daily Herald published front-page feature and online video, photos and article about North Central College’s successful food composting program.

North Central College’s food composting program in Kaufman Dining Hall and The Cage was featured on the front page of the June 11 Daily Herald and online with video, photos and article. The video features North Central’s program, exclusively, and emphasizes its success because of the involvement and enthusiastic support by North Central College students.

North Central among the most environmentally responsible colleges in North America

Heidi Goetsch ’14, Will Rotunno ’15
For fourth straight year, North Central College is included in “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition.”

For the fourth consecutive year, North Central College has been included in “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition.”

With a rising interest among students in attending colleges that practice, teach and support environmentally responsible choices, the guide began publication in 2010 in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools.

Project initiated by Heidi Goetsch ’14 headlines Earth Week activities

Heidi Goetsch ’14
North Central invites campus community to join a special celebration of Earth Day that includes award presentation and planting native gardens.

North Central College invites faculty, staff, students and members of the community to join in a special celebration of Earth Day at noon, Tuesday, April 22, at Oesterle Library.

Investment in LED lighting slashes energy costs

North Central College has installed modern LED lighting in Merner Field House to reduce energy and maintenance costs.

A sustainability project that modernized the lighting inside Gregory Arena and pool deck in Merner Field House will result in drastic reductions in energy consumption and maintenance costs in these facilities.

Over the winter months, new LED lights were installed with the help of $26,000 in grant funding from the Illinois Municipal Electric Agency through the City of Naperville toward the cost of the two projects. LED stands for Light Emitting Diode, a solid state form of lighting that converts electricity directly into light. 

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