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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.