What's Happening @ Lasell
Find out what's happening with Lasell in our environmental sustainability efforts:
Make sure to read Professor Daley's Green Blog regularly to learn more about sustainability initiatives and issues on campus!
In an effort to significantly increase recycling rates on campus, Lasell College has implemented a Single Stream Recycling System on campus. Single stream recycling enables students, faculty, staff, and visitors to place recyclable mixed paper, cardboard and plastic, aluminum, tin, & glass containers in the same recycling bin; these bins are strategically placed throughout campus.
Students in BIO102 The Diversity of Living Organisms have been busy exploring local ecosystems. Students have studied bird diversity at Dolan Pond and explored the diversity of macroinvertebrates in the pond located on campus. Turtles, fish, birds, penguins, and salamanders are just a few of the many organisms students study in this exciting new course.
Students in the Diversity of Living Organisms (BIO102) and Environmental Science (ENV211) are learning firsthand about endangered turtles by raising them in the classroom. Lasell College is participating in the Head Start Turtles Program run by MASS Wildlife. Students are helping to raise three northern red-bellied hatchlings in the lab. The goal of the program is to help turtles quickly grow so they stand a better chance of survival when released in June.
The Environmental Sustainability Committee is seeking motivated students, faculty, and staff to join our team. We endeavor to make Lasell College a sustainable place to live, work, and study. The committee plays a leading role in increasing recycling and diversion of organic waste, reducing energy & water consumption, and creating a culture of sustainability.
Anyone interested in joining the committee should contact Marc Fournier, Assistant Director for Plant Operations & Sustainability, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ESC members for 2010 - 2011 are:
Chair of the Committee
|Amy Greene||Center for Community Based Learning|
|Kristen Gallo-Zdunowski||Office of Student Activities|
|Bobbie Sproat||Brennan Library|
|Marilyn Negip||Brennan Library|
|Joanna McCarthy||Corporate and Foundation Relations|
|Tiffany Breyne||Web & Electronic Communications|
|Scott Lamphere||Residential Life|
|Wayne Hederstedt||Plant Operations|
|Gretchen Friend||Academic Affairs|
|Tom Sullivan||Center for Spiritual Life|
|Michael Muldowney||Sodexo Food Services|
|Peter Hayes||Sodexo Environmental Services|
|Aaron Toffler||Environmental Studies|
|Michael Daley||Environmental Science|
|Lori Rosenthal||Social Sciences|
Lasell College now offers students the option to major in Environmental Studies. The Green Economy is here and the demand for environmental professionals is growing at a very rapid rate. A Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies will prepare students to pursue career opportunities in policy and regulation, advocacy, resource management, and outdoor education. To learn more about the program and courses, visit the Environmental Studies Department page.
From industry to agriculture, to science and technology, individuals who are knowledgeable about the environment and best “green” practices are likely to have a leg up in the twenty-first century, as both the government and the public exert greater pressure for environmental accountability from all business, commercial, private and public enterprises. A minor in Environmental Studies will complement students major area of study and provide a competitive edge in the job market. Learn more about the Environmental Studies Minor.
Lasell College is now diverting food waste and other organic materials from the waste stream in the kitchen and dish room areas in Valentine Dining Hall, including dairy products, eggshells, fruits and vegetables, meat, poultry and seafood, bones and fat trimmings, rice, beans, pasta, spoiled food, food soiled non-recyclable paper including coffee grounds and filters, paper napkins, paper towels, tea bags, and wet & waxed cardboard. New, colored coded recycling containers and educational posters have been placed in Valentine, and the staff has been trained in the new program.
The organic materials are picked up regularly by our hauler Save That Stuff, and transported to Brick Ends Farm in South Hamilton, MA, where they are mixed with leaf and yard debris and composted into a high value, nutrient rich compost for use by area landscapers and others.
Sodexo Dining Services has also taken several measures to make food services at Lasell more sustainable. Trays have been removed from the food service area. This move is expected to reduce food waste between 25% and 35%. Sodexo is also now serving students food. This is again to help reduce food waste and cut down on costs, energy, and water consumption.
What is geocaching? Geocaching is a treasure hunting game using GPS devices. Geocachers use their GPS device and known geographic coordinates to locate hidden treasure. There are over 600,000 geocaches hidden around the world including four hidden on the campus of Lasell. After finding a cache, hunters take a treasure and leave a treasure. The Lasell College Geocaching Club has GPS units that interested students can sign out. Contact David Walsh or Professor Daley to sign out a GPS unit and explore the outdoors. Where are the geocaches?
42° 20.??? N; 71°14.??? W
Contact Professor Daley for exact coordinates.