Hiram College is building upon unique strengths and achievements to be a regional and national leader in sustainability.
We understand sustainability in an expansive sense as the integrated balance of environmental protection, social responsibility, and fiscal accountability — in short, the ability of current and future generations to meet their basic needs and experience a high quality of life.
When it comes to sustainability, there is always something new and innovative happening at Hiram College. Recent initiatives and successes include the following:
- A new sustainable gardening program a the James H. Barrow Field Station provides food for educational animals on-site. This initiative has resulted in $1,500-$2,000 in food cost savings.
- Field Station faculty and staff partner with students on dozens of land, water and wildlife conservation projects throughout the year.
- SEED (Sustainability, Environment and Engaged Design) Scholars work on sustainability projects and programming throughout the year. This year marks the fourth year of the program.
- A seed collection project aims to grow and replant native and prairie plants into field habitats to increase diversity and reduce invasive species.
- Two rain barrel tanks at the Field Station conserve 10,000 to 25,000 gallons of water a year.
- Now in its third year, Hiram College's Frog Watch chapter brings students, faculty, staff and community members together to collect data on local frog and toad calls as part of a national efort to catalog frog and toad species diversity.