July 28, 2016
As you walk around Endicott College’s campus, there may be certain structures that allude to it being a sustainably conscious community – such as the solar covered parking lot, solar roof panels on the Raymond J. Bourque arena or the high-efficiency vending machines, VendingMisers, in buildings and residence halls. The latest eco-minded addition at Endicott are the raised organic garden beds which can be found behind the Callahan Center.
The Office of Sustainability spearheaded the gardening project to evaluate the logistics of summer vegetable production and so far, the results have been very encouraging. The raised garden beds are flourishing with kale, basil, cilantro, parsley and thyme, and more than 50 tomato plants are yielding red cherry tomatoes. The produce is being used in the dining hall – offering Endicott students an element of farm-to-table dining. Adhering to Sustainable Endicott’s mission to engage the college community in the work of reducing its’ environmental footprint, the raised garden beds are maintained and harvested by students and staff.
While the garden beds are new, the green-minded thinking at Endicott is not. Endicott has made a conscious effort to reduce its carbon footprint by renovating and redesigning certain structures with “green” in mind. The Office of Sustainability works with campus operations, courses, student groups and external audiences to increase understanding of environmental problems and help find effective solutions. To learn more about sustainability on the Endicott College campus, visit the Sustainability Initiatives page.
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