Hollins University became a charter signatory of the American College and University Presidents Climate Agreement in May 2007. As such, Hollins has documented its greenhouse gas emissions and developed a plan in May 2009 for reducing campus carbon emissions Strategic Plan for Carbon Reduction (PDF). This plan sets a target of 15% reduction of greenhouse gases over the next five years with an annual goal of 3%.
During the 2011-12 fiscall year, Hollins reported a significant decrease in campus energy use. Read more »
Hollins University and Emory & Henry College have named Jesse Freedman as energy manager for both institutions, a key component of a joint, three-year energy conservation project intended to foster a culture of sustainability. Freedman comes to Hollins and Emory & Henry from Bloomington, Indiana, where he worked with Indiana University’s Office of Sustainability and the City of Bloomington Engineering Division. Read more about the project »
Hollins is among the nation’s most environmentally responsible colleges, according to the third annual edition of The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges, released April 17. A news release from The Princeton Review says the guidebook "profiles institutions of higher education in the United States and Canada that demonstrate notable commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation." The Princeton Review created the guide in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council. The Guide to 322 Green Colleges praises Hollins for developing a strategic plan for carbon neutrality, composting food waste, and installing energy meters in academic buildings and residence halls to monitor energy use, but devotes its biggest acclaim to the "talented students [who] are the heart of Hollins University's commitment to sustainability….[T]he achievements of students themselves will blow you away." The guide salutes Hollins students for their assistance in installing solar panels at the Dana Science Building, carrying out carbon reduction projects on campus, designing a wetland restoration project, and developing a native plant database for landscaping purposes. And, the Hollins Community Garden "testifies to the commitment of the gifted students of Hollins to a sustainable world."
Hollins was also featured in The Princeton Review's Guide to 311 Green Colleges: 2011 Edition.