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Sustainability Initiatives

Endicott has one of the largest solar canopy parking lots in the Northeast, totaling nearly 1MW and providing 10 percent of the College’s electricity needs. There is an additional rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) array on the Raymond J. Bourque Arena that provides around 10 percent of its electricity use. Our composting, recycling, and waste management plan diverts more than half of materials from the waste stream each year, and is supported by an undergraduate student work-study program. An on-campus garden provides fresh vegetables for our dining hall and an opportunity for students to learn firsthand about growing and harvesting produce. Our new buildings and existing spaces are being designed and constructed or renovated with a focus on energy savings, water conservation, and healthy materials. Sustainable practices are evident in everything from the food we eat, the water we use, and the buildings and land where we work, live, and study.

Climate and Energy

Understanding and combating climate change is vital to a coastal institution. Adaptation and resiliency are important considerations as temperatures increase, sea levels rise, and precipitation events become more frequent and intense. Mitigating the effects of climate change by reducing campus energy use and greenhouse gas emissions is a top priority.
  • Renewable Energy
    • Endicott’s 1 MW solar canopy parking lot provides electricity to three residence halls.
    • The Raymond J. Bourque Arena has a 157 Kw solar rooftop PV array.
    • The College pursued a wind feasibility study and continues to review potential renewable opportunities on campus.
       
  • Green Building
    • Buildings and infrastructure throughout campus have been retrofitted or are being constructed with energy-efficient LED lighting and controls.
    • The Curtis L. Gerrish School of Business and Ginger Judge Science Center is a model of green design with lighting, temperature control, ventilation, and water fixtures to maximize efficiency.
    • Endicott was awarded the MassCEC grant under the Commercial-Scale Air-Source Heat Pump Program for the implementation of a VRV system in the new academic center.
    • A green roof is located on the Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts.
  • Climate Preparedness and Campus Resilience
    • A seawall is located at Endicott Beach, one of Endicott’s three private beaches, to protect a portion of campus.
    • Stormwater discharge is slowed through the campus lakes and rain gardens.
    • Permeable pavement was utilized in the newest parking lot to limit runoff into surrounding sensitive area.
    • Endicott is exploring generator and CHP options for a central building to function as an emergency response center.
    • The City of Beverly, Mass., and Endicott are working to understand coastal resiliency and climate vulnerabilities.
       

Health and Well-Being

Students, staff, and faculty interact with our campus and local surroundings daily. We have a key role in ensuring their personal well-being and health. Whether it is the opportunity to explore the campus through hiking trails, offering sustainable food options, or incorporating healthy materials into our indoor spaces, helping to create a healthy community is vital.
  • Wellness
    • The counseling center on campus is open to students, faculty, and staff.
    • The College has been consistently rated one of the top places to work in higher education in the region.
    • Endicott’s three miles of trails offer a great place to explore. Witch Lane provides a relaxing and educational hike with glimpses of large rocks scraped up from the Laurentide Ice Sheet and human-caused forest succession.
    • Faculty and staff receive free access to athletic facilities on campus.
     
  • Food and Dining
    • Endicott partners with Sodexo to offer complete vegetarian options for every meal.
    • We use sustainably harvested Red’s Best fish, fair-trade coffee and tea, and a large percentage of our produce comes from local sources.
    • Students and staff manage two raised beds on campus, where they tend to the garden and harvest produce, including cherry tomatoes, kale, lettuce, cucumbers, garlic, carrots, beets, radishes, sage, basil, cilantro, parsley, rosemary, and thyme.
    • In 2010, we started a tray-less program in the dining hall and reduced food waste by 30 percent.
    • Since 2012, we have eliminated the use of thousands of Styrofoam containers through the use of reusable to-go containers. Students who wish to take out food can provide a deposit for a reusable container, and they can return the used container for a clean one on their next visit.
     
  • Healthy Materials
    • Endicott is expanding the use of green cleaning products and technologies.
    • Endicott is exploring pilot opportunities to purchase furniture that complies with the Healthier Hospitals Initiative Safer Chemicals Challenge: Healthy Interiors.
    • Materials utilized during new construction and renovations are reviewed. 
     

Campus Operations

As part of the College’s Physical Plant, we will work to enhance our facilities and operations in a manner that conserves resources and reduces waste. We will work to institutionalize operations and improve our community’s health while reducing our impact on the climate.
  • Procurement
    • We partner with the College’s business office and outside vendors to review options and prioritize sustainable purchasing.
    • College-wide procurement guidelines are being developed.
    • Endicott uses Sustainable Forestry Initiative certified copy paper and FSC certified paper and soy inks for College publications.
    • Biodegradable supplies are utilized for some automobile repair products.
       
  • Transportation
    • We encourage students to consider using Zipcar, a shared car program available on campus.
    • Bike racks are located throughout campus, and there are three miles of trails for recreation.
    • Endicott is located near historic Cabot Street, which is lined with restaurants and shops.
    • The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority makes it easy to travel around the region, and Endicott is a short ride to the Beverly Depot where you can take the commuter rail (https://www.mbta.com/schedules/CR-Newburyport/timetable) into Boston.
    • We provide daily shuttles (https://www.endicott.edu/shuttle or https://map.endicott.edu) from our main campus to downtown Beverly, local malls, and the commuter rail.
    • We provide six electric vehicle (EV) charging stations on campus.
       
  • Landscaping and Grounds
    • Fifteen percent of the campus is organically landscaped, paying special attention to areas like our beaches and the Endicott Lakes.
    • Our staff and volunteers are always working to fight back invasive plants with natural methods, as well as native plant species wherever possible.
    • In 2014, 3,000 ladybugs were released into the first College greenhouse to combat aphids.
    • Our campus features apple trees, pear trees, and two raised beds that provide herbs and vegetables to the dining hall.
    • Compost from the dining hall is used in the garden beds, creating a full circle food production.
  • Water
    • Low-flow fixtures are utilized across campus to reduce water use.
    • The amount of filtered water bottle stations continues to expand. 
     
  • Waste and Recycling
    • Single-stream recycling is in place campus-wide.
    • Food waste is composted at all dining locations.
    • We are piloting undergraduate composting in residence halls.
    • Electronic waste is collected across campus and sent to a local R2 Certified facility.
    • Used tires are collected and repurposed for local communities.
    • Up to 94 percent of construction waste is diverted from landfill for projects on campus.
    • Books are collected and donated through Better World Books.
    • The first Cradles to Crayons donation bin located on Massachusetts’ North Shore is hosted on campus.
     

Experiential Learning

Following the mission of the College, we will work to develop and support firsthand opportunities for student involvement. We will drive student engagement that utilizes the campus and surrounding community as a living lab.
  • Courses and Curriculum
    • The department supports student research projects and thesis work.
    • We integrate sustainability across disciplines and work with faculty and deans to develop programs.
    • Further educational opportunities are provided through guest lecturers in environmental science courses. 
     
  • Student Involvement
    • Sustainability Fellows are hired to help develop and implement initiatives and programs focused on procurement, athletics, student activities, and dining.
    • Work-study students assist with recycling collection across campus.
    • We partner with and advise the student-led Endicott Environmental Society.
     
  • Internship
    • Student sustainability work is highlighted.
    • The department is a resource for students during their internships.
    • Living lab opportunities are provided to apply learned skills in settings on campus and in the local community.
    • Partnerships are developed with likeminded organizations.