Reese Institute staff and ENV students are actively involved in campus sustainability initiatives. Recently, the campus community approved a campus sustainability statement which reads,
"Lenoir-Rhyne University recognizes that it is but one component of larger interconnected communities, each of which is impacted by personal and institutional choices. In order to foster understanding of and responsibility for these human and natural communities, the University encourages education and community outreach that provide students with knowledge and skills to conserve natural resources and to be environmentally responsible citizens. Lenoir-Rhyne endeavors to be a model of environmental stewardship by promoting care and concern for the environment in the daily lives of individuals and by striving for sustainability in our institutional operations."
The Reese Institute initiated the campus composting facility which turns fruit and vegetable scraps into organic, nutrient-rich compost that can be used in campus flower beds. We estimate that composting the food scraps diverts 4.5 cubic feet per day from the solid waste stream.
Recently, Fritz-Conrad residence hall was outfitted with a storm water cistern. The cistern collects rainwater from the roof of Fritz-Conrad and stores it for later use. In the near future, this water will be used to irrigate new plantings near the dorm. Catching rainwater lowers our dependence on city water supplies, especially during times of drought. Cisterns also reduce stormwater runoff, a major source of non-point source water pollution. (Don't know what those terms mean? Ask a ENV major!)