Forest Stewardship Council Awards Full FSC Project Certification to Berea College

Berea College received Full Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Project certification for its latest construction project, the newly built Margaret A. Cargill (MAC) Natural Sciences and Health Project building. FSC certification verifies that FSC-labeled products come from a forest and supply chain managed in an environmentally, economically and socially responsible way. Currently there are a dozen FSC buildings or projects in the U.S. Five of them are on Berea College’s campus. Continue reading Forest Stewardship Council Awards Full FSC Project Certification to Berea College

Horse Logging Conference Features Demonstrations

Man operating logging equipment using two horses

Wendell Berry among Featured Speakers

Berea College will host a horse-logging conference at its Forestry Outreach Center October 29 through November 3. To culminate the week-long event, the public is invited to a free day of demonstrations and presentations on Saturday, November 3, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Speakers include noted Kentucky author and sustainable forestry advocate Wendell Berry. The event is open to people of all ages and takes place at the Berea College Forestry Outreach Center on Highway 21, just east of Berea. Continue reading Horse Logging Conference Features Demonstrations

Berea to Host Fourth Annual “Green” Basketball Game and EcoChallenge

Berea College Basketball Players at the Green Game 2017For the fourth consecutive year, Berea College will host the Carbon Neutral Basketball “Green” Game on Feb. 7 to bring awareness to the responsibility higher-education institutions have to help reduce global carbon emissions.

Following the Green Game, the Sustainability Office staff will calculate the total carbon emissions emitted from the energy used in Seabury Center Gym during the home game, plus emissions from the opposing team’s transportation. This calculation will determine the number of trees volunteers and staff must plant later in the spring to offset the carbon put into the atmosphere during this basketball game. Continue reading Berea to Host Fourth Annual “Green” Basketball Game and EcoChallenge

Berea College Hosts 2nd Annual Dandelion Festival

The Office of Sustainability at Berea College hosted its 2nd annual Dandelion Festival on Saturday, April 8, 2017. The festival, located on Fairchild Lawn on Berea’s campus, featured numerous activities including: over 20 theme-related festival booths, live music, local food, face painting, lawn games and a dinner served by Berea College Dining Services. The event was open to everyone—Berea College and the community at large. Continue reading Berea College Hosts 2nd Annual Dandelion Festival

Boone Tavern Ranked #6 in US Top Ten Eco-Friendly Hotels

Travelers have ranked Berea’s historic Boone Tavern Hotel and Restaurant as sixth in the top ten Eco-Friendly Hotel in America. USA TODAY just concluded a four-week travel award contest during which voters named vote for their choice among 20 U.S. hotels that have gone above and beyond to promote environmental sustainability. Continue reading Boone Tavern Ranked #6 in US Top Ten Eco-Friendly Hotels

Horse Power Equals Horse Sense

Two teams of Suffolk Punch draft horses, along with personnel and equipment came to the Berea College Forest to conduct some intensive horse logger training. Horse logging demonstrates Berea College’s longstanding commitment to plain living, sustainability and “green” practices on campus and beyond. More than just recreational space for hiking, the College forest is an extension of the classroom and provides an experiential laboratory outside of the academic classroom. Continue reading Horse Power Equals Horse Sense

Berea College Named 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School

Green Ribbon Award Logo

Known for a longstanding commitment to sustainability, Berea College has been named a 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School. The recognition was announced by Managing Director of the White House Council on Environmental Quality Christy Goldfuss and U.S. Secretary of Education John King. Continue reading Berea College Named 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School

Students Plant Trees and Hunt Ducks on Earth Day 2016

Earth Day at Berea College includes trees and ducks this year. The College’s students, athletes, administrators and city officials, including Berea’s Mayor, Steven Connelly, planted trees on Friday, April 22, at 9:30 a.m. on the Berea College campus. The College’s Office of Sustainability sponsored this event. Continue reading Students Plant Trees and Hunt Ducks on Earth Day 2016

From Treetop Vistas to VISTA Volunteer

Published Originally in the winter 2009 issue of Berea College Magazine

By LeAnna Kaiser, ’12

As a child, Megan Naseman, ’07, was a voracious tree climber, searching out high branches around her house. Her passion for trees was so strong that her parents imposed a height rule. She could only climb trees that she could both get up and down. But when her mother spied Megan stacking chairs on a wagon to reach a high limb, they realized her passion to explore nature was instinctive. As an adult, Megan has focused this passion on fighting environmental injustices. Continue reading From Treetop Vistas to VISTA Volunteer

Arbor Day Volunteers Replace Damaged Trees

Student workers

Student workers Patricia Stephens, ’11 and Mason Roberts, ’11, assist groundskeeper Joe Wilkie, ’90, in planting trees on Arbor Day. Cameron Gaunt, ’11, and groundskeeper Jeffrey Linville, look on.

The grounds crew of Berea College’s facilities management hosted an Arbor Day tree planting on April 9. With the help of volunteers, 20 new oaks, maples and other flowering trees were planted on campus to replace those trees that were destroyed during two summer droughts and this winter’s ice storm. “The last couple of years have been tough on some of the larger trees on campus,” said grounds coordinator Matthew Partain. “The grounds team feels that it is important not only to renew a Berea College tradition of Arbor Day recognition and tree planting, but to give the students, faculty and staff a chance to participate and learn in the process.”

Boone Tavern Nominated for “Best” in Historic Hotels of America Awards

Boone Tavern, the historic hotel owned by Berea College, has been nominated for the Historic Hotels of America Awards of Excellence as Best Small Historic Inn/Hotel in the category for hotels with less than 75 guest rooms. Boone Tavern’s Dining Room also has been nominated as Best Historic Restaurant in Conjunction with a Historic Hotel. The Historic Hotels of America Awards of Excellence recognize and celebrate the finest historic hotels and hoteliers across the nation. Continue reading Boone Tavern Nominated for “Best” in Historic Hotels of America Awards

Berea’s Farm in Top Twenty “Best College Farms” in U.S.

At #17, Berea College’s farm has just been named among the nation’s 40 “best” college farms by College Ranker, a group that researches colleges all across the U.S. to determine the best features of these schools and to “. . . let you know who’s doing it right.” Berea’s high ranking was determined based on factors such as hands-on experiences, community outreach, and degree options. Continue reading Berea’s Farm in Top Twenty “Best College Farms” in U.S.

Berea College’s Knapp Hall Earns LEED Gold Certification

Another building on the Berea College campus has achieved Gold-level certification from Leadership and Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), in recognition of its eco-friendly renovation. Built in 1913 specifically for teacher training and student observation, Knapp Hall was hailed at the time as a state-of-the-art facility for teacher training. The College’s Education department continues to occupy the renovated building. Continue reading Berea College’s Knapp Hall Earns LEED Gold Certification

Berea College, Goodwill Partner to Save Items from Landfills — More than 3,000 Pounds Collected

Berea College partnered with Goodwill Industries of Kentucky for a successful donation drive, collecting 3,237 pounds of donated items from students moving out of residence halls as the spring term ended. Continue reading Berea College, Goodwill Partner to Save Items from Landfills — More than 3,000 Pounds Collected

Berea’s Deep Green Dormitory and its Earth-Friendly Brick

In an article published March 22 by MarketWatch (NY) Berea College is called a “model of sustainability” and the College’s new “deep green” residence hall is cited for using “earth-friendly brick.” Article excerpt below: Continue reading Berea’s Deep Green Dormitory and its Earth-Friendly Brick

Berea College ‘Deep Green’ Residence Hall Achieves Living Building Challenge Certification

Berea is the site of the world’s first Living Building-certified student residence hall and the only building

in Kentucky that meets the rigorous Living Building Challenge green standards.

Berea, Ky. —Berea College continues to turn the Bluegrass state “green” and, in the process, is receiving national acclaim. The recently-built “Deep Green” residence hall on Berea’s campus has earned Living Building Challenge Petal Certification, meeting all imperatives in four of the petals the College hoped to achieve.  Continue reading Berea College ‘Deep Green’ Residence Hall Achieves Living Building Challenge Certification

“Hometalk” features Berea College’s Ecovillage

Hometalk, a blog for home and garden how-to’s, recently featured a piece about the US colleges and universities with the best sustainability initiatives and programs that are run by students or in which the student body is heavily involved. The editor was especially impressed by Berea College’s Ecovillage, which was included in the article. Read the blog entry here: http://www.hometalk.com/

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Berea Ranked Most Affordable & Ecologically-Sound U.S. College by Best Choice Schools

Berea College continues to turn the bluegrass state “green” and is getting national accolades for doing so. In rankings focused on 50 of America’s “greenest” and most-affordable universities released by Best Choice Schools, Berea College was ranked Number One. Continue reading Berea Ranked Most Affordable & Ecologically-Sound U.S. College by Best Choice Schools

Fresh, healthful and sustainable: Berea’s local foods

“I’ve been to a lot of schools and seen a lot of programs and what we’re doing here is really quite unique,” says Cait McClanahan, sustainability coordinator for Berea College’s dining services. She is speaking of the college’s ability to fulfill food needs through the college farm—including returning kitchen waste back to the soil through the large-scale composting system. Yet it’s important to remember that this symbiotic relationship has only been re-established recently as a part of Berea College’s and several concerned students and staff members’ goals to drastically reduce the school’s carbon footprint. Continue reading Fresh, healthful and sustainable: Berea’s local foods

Lighting, Fans, and Pool Cover Retrofits

“You can feel the air moving in here” says HVAC and Energy Manager Diane Zekind, noting that the newly installed energy-efficient fans in Seabury’s natatorium have noticeably improved the room’s climate. A part of the fan’s energy efficiency is their size. At 18 feet long, these fans turned on high will send a piece of paper flurrying across the room. Their ability to circulate both warm air in the winter and cool air the rest of the year will reduce the number of months the school will need run their central chillers. In the winter, Zekind expects the increased circulation to enable setting the thermostat a little lower than usual. Continue reading Lighting, Fans, and Pool Cover Retrofits

Berea College Begins Construction on “Deep Green Residence Hall”

Berea College will begin construction on what will be the most energy-efficient residence hall in the commonwealth of Kentucky, if not the country, in April 2012. The three-story, 42,000 square foot building – referred to as the “Deep Green Residence Hall” – will be constructed adjacent to Boone Tavern Hotel & Restaurant and will house 120 students in 66 rooms. Construction is expected to be completed by August 2013. Continue reading Berea College Begins Construction on “Deep Green Residence Hall”

Berea College Hosts Sustainability Summit with Nationally Recognized Experts, April 13

Berea College will host a Sustainability Summit on April 13 in Baird Lounge in the Alumni Building. This day of sustainability conversations will feature nationally recognized authorities David Orr, Debra Rowe, Rev. Sally Bingham and Leander Lacy. Continue reading Berea College Hosts Sustainability Summit with Nationally Recognized Experts, April 13

Social Entrepreneur Ben Powell presents Berea College Convocation, Feb. 23

Ben Powell shares with Berea’s next generation of change makers how he cultivates change using his innovative approach toward social responsibility. Powell’s Berea College convocation lecture, “Sustainable Enterprise: Agora Partnerships,” on February 23 at 3 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Auditorium is free and open to the public. The convocation is sponsored by Berea’s Entrepreneurship for the Public Good (EPG) program. Continue reading Social Entrepreneur Ben Powell presents Berea College Convocation, Feb. 23