College Operations Related to Sustainability
The college has invested millions of dollars to improve facilities infrastructure, to create sustainable buildings and grounds, to reduce our carbon footprint and to reduce the overall operating costs of the campus.
Some of the major energy conservation technologies and other efforts are:
- The College replaced an estimated 4500 lineal feet of steam line pipe systems with new piping located within a concrete sidewalk/tunnel distribution system. This has resulted in increased efficiency, significant fuel consumption savings and a significant reduction of carbon emissions.
- Numerous light fixtures have been replaced or upgraded with compact fluorescent technology or LED lighting, and motion sensors have been installed to conserve energy.
- New Energy Star washers and energy efficient dryers have been installed in all residence halls and student houses.
- In 2011, we completed the construction of the Stone Village residence complex, which is the College’s first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Leadership) certified building project.
Stormwater Management System
For all new construction or major renovations, a stormwater runoff plan is a required part of the design phase by local and state building codes in order to secure a building permit.
Landscape Waste Composting and Waste and Bedding Conservation
Leaves and grass clippings are composted off campus. Equestrian waste and bedding at the Equestrian Center is delivered to area farms to be used in field preparation for planting crops.
The College installed a new pump in 2012 to improve efficiency and to conserve electricity for the irrigation of a significant percentage of the athletic fields located adjacent to the river.
Native Plants and Wildlife
There are many species on campus native to Virginia and the Shenandoah throughout campus. Using native species is always strongly encouraged for new plants. The College also includes several wildlife habitat areas, in the vicinity of the Stone Village apartment buildings, near the McKinney Center, and some of the trees and shrubbery on campus.
We have one electric powered service vehicle and two electric powered club cars on campus - facilities, dining and recycling – for transportation purposes.
Community Bike Share Program
The BIKE!BC program is sponsored by our New Community Project club. NCP has restored several bikes and invited clubs on campus to sponsor a bike. Each bike has instructions on it for how it is to be used. Students are free to use the bikes anywhere on campus, but should not keep them for their own extended use.
The College has made its recycling program a focal point of attention on campus, placing numerous recycle bins in high traffic areas and implementing a student-run collection program. The program provides employment opportunities for students and also encourages increased community interest and awareness in the program.
- Move-in Waste Reduction
During freshman and transfer students move-in, we place signs and instructions near dormitory dumpsters for the cardboard drop. A staff from the Center for Sustainability assists students and parents with the cardboard pickup and collection efforts. In addition, we use this opportunity to inform students about our campus recycling program.
- Move-out Waste Reduction
At the end of the year when students pack up their belongings and move out, the Eagle Exchange program allows students to sell or give away things that might otherwise have gone in the trash. Students receive emails showing what is for sale, what is already sold and what is wanted. Bridgewater's New Community Project club runs and monitors this program with the help of the Bridgewater IT center. New Community Project also sets up an exchange location where students can take their unwanted merchandise. Any students can take from the collection of items at the location, and anything left over is taken to a local thrift store.
- IT Center
The Information Technology Center recycles all computers and electronics on a regular basis, ink and laser print cartridges and packing materials. The College supports reforestation through Dell’s Plant a Tree Program by purchasing credits for every new PC purchased. In addition, power management systems and new servers have been implemented to conserve energy.
The main dining hall features tray-less operation to reduce food waste and to conserve water and energy usage. In addition, the tray-less dining program provides an overall positive impact on student health – may discourage overeating and requires a trip to the food station to get more food.
The College has received a certificate of Environmental Stewardship 2010 from Greenlight Biofuels for recycling 1222 gallons of waste cooking oil into biodiesel fuel.
- The Bridgewater magazine is published on paper that is made from 30% post-consumer recycled paper and is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified.
- During 2011 – 2012, the College implemented WEPA (Wireless Everywhere Print Anywhere) printing kiosks for students printing across campus, which decreased student printing and paper waste by 86%. The kiosk uses 50% recycled content paper, and the printer is high-quality and uses less ink.