Buildings and Grounds
St. John's College Sustainability Practices
We currently recycle the following items on campus:
Compact Florescent Lamps
Dry Cell Batteries (not car or marine "wet" batteries), lithium, alkaline, etc.
Electronic Devices that may have lead (thumb drives, monitors, cables, etc)
Plastic (all grades)
Glass (clear and colored)
We currently have fourteen 95 gallon recycling receptacles rented from the city and emptied on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Five of these containers are for glass only and the rest hold mixed paper, plastic and aluminum/tin. We recycle cigarette waste through www.terracycle.com and as needed runs to the Buckman Recycling Center with books, light bulbs, batteries, electronics and appliances. The Sustainability Club composts kitchen waste. Rain water is harvested from the roof tops of Weigle, Levan, Lowers and Winiarski Residential Center and used for landscape irrigation. The total recycling amount is about 71,000 lbs. per year or
approximately 13% of the total waste.
We use Green Seal cleaning products to protect our waste stream
- Converted all older florescent tubes from mechanical ballast T-12 to electronic T-8 28 watt tubes
- Added motion sensors with photocells to all public meeting spaces, labs, hallways, classrooms, bathrooms, storerooms and many offices.
- Converted task lighting from incandescent to compact florescent
- Conducted an "energy" audit for all energy consuming devices in the campus dormitories:
- We participate in the Power New Mexico (PNM) energy saver programs to install power
monitoring devices on campus air conditioning compressors to reduce "run-time" during summer
peak usage periods.
- All showers and toilets have been retrofitted with low water valves and shower heads.
- Install only plants that are native or adapted for the dry Santa Fe climate.
- All new construction to have the goal of L.E.E.D. silver certification.
- Installed waterless urinals in men's bathrooms in Petersen, and Student Activity Center with a
goal expand to all other buildings in the future.
- Working towards the goal of L.E.E.D. for existing buildings for Meem Library, and Evans
- Install variable frequency drives (v.f.d.) on all air handling motors
- Install solar panels on Meem Library and Petersen Student Center
- Further reduce our waste stream