Apr 22, 2015
April 23, 2015
Westminster named top "green" college four times, celebrates sustainability with new chickens
SALT LAKE CITY -
Westminster celebrated this year's Earth Day with a variety of eco-friendly events and activities on April 22, 2015, in the Richer Commons. In addition to the Earth Day festivities, the college announced its inclusion in the Princeton Review's
2015 "Guide to 353 Green Colleges" for the fourth year in a row.
During the event, Westminster debuted its newest additions to the Environmental Center: seven baby chickens. The chicks hatched in early April and were living under hot lamps for several weeks.
"We were excited to show off the newest additions to Westminster's coop," said Kerry Case, director of Westminster's Environmental Center. "We are very proud of our sustainability efforts, including our coop, organic garden, bike collective and recycling programs, which give back to our campus community."
This year's Earth Day included the Bicycle Collective's pedal-powered smoothie bike, starts for the garden, recycle trivia, a student climate teach-in and a chance for students to measure their 'green' point average, to name a few.
"Westminster is also very proud to have been selected again as one of the 353 greenest colleges in the nation by the Princeton Review,"
"Our students take sustainability very seriously, which is why we have environmentally-themed residence halls, campus gardens, solar panels and very active recycling and transportation programs."
Some of Westminster's previous Earth Day events have included: the launch of the college's free bike program, Westminster Wheels; the announcement of the STARS (Sustainability Tracking and Rating System) Silver rating; the unveiling of the first-ever solar panel installation on a Utah college campus; tours of the campus chicken coop and organic garden; and the opening of Westminster's Bicycle Collective, to name a few.
For more information on Westminster's environmental programs, visit www.westminstercollege.edu/environmental_center/.