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.
Hiram College calls for transformative action to confront one of the most urgent challenges of this century. We must seek to make sustainability permeate Hiram, modeling it for and with our students and the public in our decisions, as well as consciously cultivating our leadership to achieve true distinction.
A Campus-Wide Commitment
As part of our sustainability efforts, Hiram College became a signatory of the
American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment.
The President's Climate Commitment, signed by President Chema in 2008, is a voluntary pledge to actively address global climate change by reducing carbon emissions and engaging students in sustainability.
Tracking Our Carbon Footprint
A necessary part of our effort to reduce carbon, and other greenhouse gas emissions, was to figure out what Hiram’s emissions were at the start.