Officially defined as the ability to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs, sustainability demands three things: healthy environments, vibrant societies and communities, and responsible fiscal planning.
In keeping with Hiram’s long tradition of learning through doing, there’s a a lot going on here — with new projects always in the making.
Here’s some of what we’re up to, and what we’ve done:
- Preserved 221 acres of Field Station land through a conservation easement
- Ongoing research, planning, and implementation of select campus sustainability projects by Hiram SEED Scholars
- Completed a Deep Energy Retrofit (2014) of campus-owned house to create the TREE House, the home of Environmental Studies
- Acquired 152 acres of logged forest for stream, wetland, and riparian restoration project
- Retrofitted campus buildings with low-flow water devices, LED lighting, and energy efficient windows
- Initiated seed collection project to grow and replant native and prairie plants into field habitats to increase diversity and reduce invasive species
- Conserve 10,000 to 25,000 gallons of water per year with rain barrels and tanks at the Field Station and on campus
- Engage students, faculty, and staff in citizen science through Hiram College’s Frog Watch chapter, part of a national effort to catalog frog and toad species diversity.
- Instituted sustainable gardening program to provide food for educational animals at the James H. Barrow Field Station,saving $1,500-$2,000 annually
- Partner field station faculty and staff with students to complete dozens of land, water and wildlife conservation projects throughout the year
- Installed solar arrays (2010 and 2012) to provide electricity to the Athletic Center, Gelbke Art Building, and Physical Plant headquarters
- Achieved LEED certification in the James H. Barrow Field Station building and East Residence Hall, and certifiable status in the Dining Hall