Earth Day Virtual Resources and Sustainability Progress
Bryn Mawr College celebrated Earth Week 2019 with a series of events to mark the occasion. With the advent of COVID-19, we are unable to come together in person as a College community to mark Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. However, the spirit of commitment to environmental sustainability remains strong among our students, faculty, staff, alumnae/i, and friends. Celebrate Earth Day virtually with us by exploring some of these links to activities, documentaries, and updates about Bryn Mawr's carbon footprint.
Earth Week 2020: Resources During Social Distancing
Online Earth Day Events (Wednesday, April 22)
- COVID and sustainability
- A beginner's guide to gardening
- Regrowing kitchen scraps indoors
- Composting indoors
These (among other) documentaries are accessible through Kanopy and Tri-Pod.
Climate Change 360 Presentations: Students from the 360 course cluster that was intended to visit Freiburg, Germany this spring have put together an online presentation of their research.
In February, the Facilities Department and President Cassidy led a community conversation to gauge what the student body as well as faculty and staff understood to be the most urgent priorities as we work to make the College carbon neutral.
First, participants were asked to rank various categories to explain which qualities they would hope to see or not see in a carbon footprint reduction program. The first most important was effectiveness, or requiring the project be efficient overall; the second most important was avoiding unintended consequences, or making sure that any project was thoroughly researched to avoid creating secondary problems. For full results, see the graph below (for a text-only version, click here).
Second, participants were asked to allocate an imaginary bucket of resources between three categories: conservation of energy and resources won first place, while purchasing carbon offsets and creating onsite generation (such as solar panels) both tied for second. (Click here for a text version.)
For a full explanation of the carbon conversation and the meaning behind these categories, please check out this presentation.
Greenhouse Gas Inventory 2020 Results:
During the beginning of this spring semester, the College completed its greenhouse gas inventory. The graph below show the net emissions from 2008, 2014, and 2019. The College is making progress on its sustainability plan. (Click here for a text version.)