McDaniel selected for 2010 Environmental Awareness award

April 27, 2010

Members of the Green Terra Committee and students from the Environmental Action Club (EAC) will join President Joan Develin Coley to accept an award presented by the Carroll County Environmental Advisory Council April 29 for the College’s initiatives taken for advancing environmental thought and action. The award recognizes the campus groups for their innovative approaches, educational programs and demonstrative outcomes toward preserving and sustaining environmental resources.

Awards are made in five categories: individual, institutional/educational (McDaniel’s entry), agricultural, business/industry, and student.

Omar Brown ’11 and Sean Lamarre ’13 plant seeds during McDaniel’s Earth Day 2010 celebration.

During the annual 10-week national Recyclemania competition, McDaniel recycled 43,363 pounds of paper, cardboard, bottles and cans or the equivalent of 13.95 pounds per person. McDaniel ranked 109th out of 346 participating colleges and universities nationwide in the per capita classic competition, placing third among Maryland colleges and universities and fourth among Centennial Conference schools.

“We are thrilled to be recognized for all the collaborative efforts by students, faculty and staff to boost environmental awareness and change behaviors,” said Scott Hardy, professor of Environmental Policy and Science, who serves as chair of the Green Terra Committee.  “Our work continues and I’m proud of the leadership students have given these efforts to date.”

Beginning May 11, the EAC student group will join with Residence staff to implement a plan for a novel collection of semester-end discarded trash. A Drop-Swap-Shop will be held in Gill Gymnasium (aka Old Gill) to collect usable items that students often leave behind rather than pack for transport home. For example, containers for leftover laundry products will be collected and recycled at local community shelters. Students from the Food for Life Group will collect non-perishable foods and donate to local soup kitchens.

Environmental Science honor society president Sarah Gambolati ’10 hangs her newly tie-dyed T-shirt to dry on the cherry tree on Memorial Plaza during the April 22 celebration of Earth Day 2010.

In 2007, McDaniel President Joan Develin Coley joined a group of college and university presidents in making a pact to reduce their campuses’ carbon emissions. The American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) compels participating institutions to eliminate their contributions to global warming. Coley challenged the Green Terra Committee (comprised of students, faculty and staff) to create a Climate Action Plan that will lead the McDaniel campus toward carbon neutrality. That plan was completed in fall 2009 and provides baseline data on greenhouse gas emissions and a suite of suggestions to reduce McDaniel’s carbon footprint.