Hiram College

President Chema cuts the ribbon on the Coleman Center’s solar array; Photo by Kasey Samuel Adams

Hiram’s substantial commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability was highlighted Monday May 9, with a ribbon cutting formally opening the solar power array atop the Coleman sports center.

Before cutting the ribbon symbolically observing contributions of the 237 solar panels that have been collecting energy from the sun since December 2010, and contributing a significant amount of electric power for the sports center, Hiram president Thomas Chema said the College highlighted a number of sustainability initiatives already on campus and reaffirmed the Hiram commitment to doing even more.

He also announced the formation of the newly formed Climate Commitment Council and Nate Straffon ’12, president of Students Organized for Sustainability, highlighted what students can do to help reduce the college’s carbon footprint, and make significant strides in sustainability.

In conjunction with the celebration SOS is sponsored a Food Waste Challenge which began May 4 and ran through the end of the 3-Week. After each of their meals in the Dining Hall, students were asked to scrape their plates into the trash can placed on the weight scale. SOS will record the pounds of food deposited in the trash can during each day of the challenge, with a goal of reducing the amount of waste produced daily by the end of the challenge.