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Rosemont College joined the Catholic Climate Committee in 2011 after concluding our membership in the National College Presidents’ Climate Committee from its beginning in 2007. The goals of the CCCC, a national organization of Colleges, Universities, companies and individuals are: Pray, Learn, Act, Assess and Advocate for sustainable practice in our environment. Rosemont College’s mission also calls the College to “Care for the Earth as our common home.”

Membership includes: President of the College, Vice President for Mission/Ministry, Director of Facilities, Director of Food Service, Director of Resident Life, Assistant Director of Student Life and Engagement, representative of the Institute for Ethical leadership and Social Responsibility, two Faculty members, three student representatives, including President of Rose Grow, the student Sustainability Club.

The committee meets monthly and plans projects and activities to promote awareness and direct action steps to increase sustainable practices on campus. A major goal of the committee for next year 20018-2019 is to create a Master Plan for Sustainability on the Campus of Rosemont College. Tasks will include:

  • Activate the Catholic Climate Covenant Committee to reach this goal
  • Involve the Rose Grow Student Committee in attaining this goal
  • Include UC professors of sustainability courses in designing plan
  • Establish a schedule for Rosemont College’s Observance of Earth Day including the sophomore class tradition of planting a tree on campus
  • Design a sustainable landscaping plan for storm/water run-off areas on campus (estimate has been given)
  • Design and implement plans for healthy campus pond and streams
  • Complete the reconstruction of the campus greenhouse
  • Enable Residence Life staff to maintain the spring Recycle Mania project in residence halls throughout the year
  • Investigate visiting neighboring College campuses to study their bee-hive projects
  • Fund the process to become a Tree USA Campus
  • Initiate a UC student-run campus garden behind Gracemere House
  • Review UC Curriculum re Courses on Sustainability to establish major and minor in field
  • Review the College Facility Company’s plan for sustainability practice re recycling, use of “green” materials etc. (Aramark Company)
  • Review the College Food Service’s plan for sustainability practice re food waste, recycling, reduced use of plastics, elimination of plastic straws, distribution of food not used at catering events, and use of water hydration station etc. (Parkhurst)

What is Sustainability?
 
Put in simpler terms, sustainability is providing the best for people and the environment both now and in the indefinite future. In terms of the 1987 Brundtland Report, sustainability is “Meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs”.
 
One of the most important goals of the Presidents Commitment is to reduce the carbon footprint of the College. Some of the ways to do this include increased recycling, use of public transportation, Energy Star products, and compact fluorescent bulbs. The Energy Tip of the Week is distributed to all to enhance awareness of energy conservation and suggest ways to do this.
 
What is a carbon footprint?

A carbon footprint is defined as:
The total amount of greenhouse gases produced to directly and indirectly support human activities, usually expressed in equivalent tons of carbon dioxide (CO2).
In other words: When you drive a car, the engine burns fuel which creates a certain amount of CO2, depending on its fuel consumption and the driving distance. (CO2 is the chemical symbol for carbon dioxide). When you heat your house with oil, gas or coal, then you also generate CO2. Even if you heat your house with electricity, the generation of the electrical power may also have emitted a certain amount of CO2. When you buy food and goods, the production of the food and goods also emitted some quantities of CO2.
 
For more information about Rosemont’s sustainability efforts, contact the Director of Facilities, at ext. 2152. 
 

List of Initiatives

(Rosemont was part of the Presidents Climate Commitment prior to joining the Catholic Climate Covenant)

January 2007 - Rosemont establishes Rosie Goes Green, an Energy Conservation at Rosemont poster. The poster gives tips on energy conservation and is updated as required.

May 2007 - President Hirsh signs the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment.

November 2007 – Rosemont establishes 2 tangible action items.
Energy Star Procurement Policy. This policy establishes criteria on purchasing Energy Star Rated items.
Waste Minimization Policy. This policy establishes our commitment to Waste Minimization & Recycling.

November 2007 – Work begins on data collection for our Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory.  Data includes tracking the greenhouse gas emissions from all fossil fuses used on campus for heating. Electricity used to power & air-condition our buildings. Gasoline consumption from all college owned vehicles, air travel on college business and student, faculty & staff commuting habits. Refrigerants, fertilizers & solid waste on the campus.

January 2008 – Rosemont establishes an Indoor Space Temperature Policy. This policy establishes indoor space temperature guidelines for winter & summer to conserve energy.

January 2008 – Rosemont hosts Focus the Nation Teach In on Global Warming. The event had several key speakers & faculty members giving presentations.

February 2008 – Energy Tip of the Week. Facilities introduced a weekly energy tip that is sent to the campus community. 

February & March 2008 – Rosemont enters the National RecycleMania Competition; we ultimately finish in the Top 10 at # 9 for Waste Minimization.

April 2008 – Rosemont enters Lower Merion Townships “Go for the Green” award. We are not selected as a winner but are recognized for our efforts.
Rosemont celebrates Earth Day with an additional awareness campaign.

June 2008 – Rosemont creates a No Mow Zone between Cardinal Hall & Alumni Hall along the creek bed. The no mow zone conservation area prevents sediment run off, increases wildlife habitat, Improve air quality by reducing CO2 emissions from mowers & act as a natural buffer to capture pollutants.

August 2008
– Rosemont introduces trayless dinning. This measure reduced the food waste from 6 bags to 1 ¼ bags daily.
Rosemont introduces single stream recycling. We now can recycle more items and can commingle the items in the same container, no need to sort items anymore.

November 2008 – Rosemont completes Peterson’s Survey of Sustainable Efforts in Higher Education for publication in Petersons Green Guide to Colleges.

December 2008 – Rosemont completes its first ever Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory. 
Space is dedicated to Sustainability in the Campus Newsletter.

February & March 2009
– Rosemont enters the National RecycleMania Competition for the second year, we ultimately finish in the Top 10 at # 7 for Waste Minimization & #1 in the State.

July 2009 – Rosemont continues collecting GHG for our Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory.

February & March 2010
– Rosemont enters the National RecycleMania Competition for the third year.