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Campus-Wide Efforts

If your department/office is making efforts to be more sustainable, let us know and we will add your efforts to this page!

Hispanic Studies Department |Department of Religious Studies | Physical Plant | Grice Marine Lab | MES & Geology Departments | Office of Research and Grants Administration | Grounds Department | Early Childhood Development Center | Career Center | Procurement and Supply Services | Environmental Health and Safety

Hispanic Studies Department

Worked with Office of Sustainability interns in the summer of 2012 to implement full-scale departmental recycling with individual bins in each office and larger bins in common areas and hallways.Employees empty their individual bins into the communal ones, and Physical Plant picks up the communal recycling when full.

Visit the Hispanic Studies Department for more information.

Department of Religious Studies
  • Maintains recycling bins for paper and plastic outside of the porch and the main areas of the Department.
  • Taking steps to become a paperless office by saving records as data and upgrading to a PDF scanner as opposed to a Xerox copier.
  • Using recycled paper products, including 30% recycled paper from Central Storage.
  • Turns off unneeded lighting.
  • Turns off AC and heat whenever possible.
  • Takes home hand towels in the bathroom for washing, to substitute paper towels.

Visit the Department of Religious Studies for more information.

Physical Plant

The Physical Plant is beginning to replace out of date, inefficient equipment with more modern, energy efficient options. Some of these retro-fits include:

  • English building renovations including groundwater source heat pump units during major 2012 building renovations.These units use less energy to heat and cool buildings by taking advantage of steady groundwater temperatures.
  • New insulation, windows, light fixtures, and HVAC equipment
  • Steam-fire domestic hot water heaters.
  • Hot water heating coils and DDC controls were installed to replace old hot water heating coils and associated pneumatic controls.
  • Air-cooled chiller to save energy and reduce water usage.
  • AllStart 330-watt lamps in Silcox Gym and Johnson Center with annual savings of approximately $8,400.
  • LED lamps in two campus building.
  • Physical Plant Architects worked to make Craig Hall the first LEED certified building on campus.

Visit the Physical Plant for more information.

Grice Marine Laboratory.
  • Created the Green Teaching Garden to not only incorporate sustainable infrastructure into their campus, but to provide an outlet for teaching others about it.
  • Has been organizing litter clean-up efforts on Ft. Johnson Rd for 10 years.

Visit the Grice Marine Laboratory for more information.

MES Program & Geology Department

Working together with MES student Sara Pachota to conduct a semester-long design project for the EPA Campus RainWorks Challenge to reduce storm water runoff using green infrastructure.

Visit the MES Program and Geology Department for more information.

The Office of Research and Grants Administration
  • Maintains recycling bins for paper and batteries outside the door of Bell 407-G.
  • Taking steps to becoming a paperless office by saving records as data rather than paper copy.

Visit the Office of Research and Grants Administration for more information.

Grounds Maintenance

College of Charleston Grounds Maintenance has, over the past six years, made extraordinary efforts to become more sustainable and environmentally friendly on many levels.

  • Has 20 different irrigation systems on campus installed with rain sensors and compatible timers.
  • Converting from spray head to drip irrigation as areas are renovated to reduce water consumption due to evaporation.
  • Mulch all plant beds twice a year to help retain soil moisture and give a more even moisture level that helps prevent runoff into the storm sewers.
  • Installed rain barrels at the new Grounds Facility Building at 45B Coming Street.
  • Never uses restricted chemicals requiring the quarantine of a specific treated area and always choose the safest chemical to achieve the desired control.
  • Has incorporated a wide variety of organic products for fertilization, soil amendment, and control of plant pest.
  • Has introduced native plants to the existing landscape and continues to incorporate native vegetation into every new renovation project.
  • Has worked with students in Urban Agriculture, Alliance for Planet Earth, and Grice Marine Laboratory to create vegetable and native gardens on campus.
  • Keeps up a small compost bin at Facility Building for which the byproduct is used as soil amendment as available. When incorporated into the native soil, this will add all-natural nutrients as well as help to keep the soil from becoming compacted.
  • Has been purchasing "green" oil for use in gasoline powered equipment, thus reducing our carbon footprint.

Visit Grounds Maintenance for more information.

The Early Childhood Development Center
  • Recycles (students sort daily).
  • Uses recycled paper products.
  • Frequently uses recycled objects and materials for art activities.
  • Composts for the vegetable and flower gardens.
  • Has rainwater collection system on the playground for watering (Env. Sci. student project).
  • Uses individual water bottles for each child instead of disposable cups.
  • Has installed drinking fountain outside to eliminate need for cups.
  • Has dimmer switches on classroom lights and timers on thermostats.
  • Has window shades.

Visit the Early Childhood Development Center for more information.

The Career Center
  • Maintains recycling bins for ink jet cartridges and batteries in the second floor lobby of Lightsey.

Visit the Career Center for more information.

Procurement and Supply Services
  • Has opted to purchase 30% recycled paper via central stores to distribute throughout the campus.
  • Industrial MRO vending machines have been installed on site at Residence Life in an effort to reduce the cost of gas associated with driving to local industrial/hardware stores.
  • Efforts have been made to reduce the consumption of oil-based ink toner cartridges and replacing them with soy-based cartridges.
  • Although strides have been made with paper towel purchases by switching to eco-friendly alternatives, Procurement is taking a serious look at a hand drying alternative for restrooms that can potentially reduce the carbon footprint by 70% compared to paper towels.

Visit Procurement and Supply Services for more information.

Environmental Health and Safety
  • Implemented the use of and manages CISPro/Chem SW software that provides a paint/varnish and chemical inventory to the campus. This helps to facilitate the use and re-use of excess or unwanted materials and keeps them out of the waste stream.
  • The Office of Sustainability and The Office of Environmental Health and Safety work together to offer a battery recycling program.

Visit Environmental Health and Safety for more information.