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Clarke Students and Staff Return from ‘Greening of the Campus’ Conference

posted on October 2, 2009

“If we keep doing the same thing we’ve always done, there will be no Earth by 2045.” Those words stuck with Clarke College sophomore Lynsey Christensen as she recently attended “Greening of the Campus VIII: Embracing Change,” a national conference hosted by Ball State College and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

Christensen, of Decorah, Iowa, traveled to the conference from September 20-23 with sophomore Hannah Day, of Belvidere, Ill., and Clarke’s Director of Facilities Management Brian Schultes, who presented a session at the event.

In Schultes’ presentation, he described the financial impact of efficiency upgrades to mechanical systems on campus as well as Clarke’s expanded recycling initiatives.  He also spoke to attendees about creating an institutional sustainability movement that has sustainability initiatives interlaced with daily operational procedures. 

Christensen and Day attended sessions on a variety of topics related to sustainability on College campuses, including campus waste minimization, creating a culture of sustainability and optimizing recycling programs. Both students are actively involved with environmental initiatives on Clarke’s campus.

“In 2045, I will be 55 years old and I do not want my world to be gone,” said Christensen. “I want to have great career and a loving family. This conference reinforced the fact that the smallest changes can make a huge impact.”

For more information, contact the Clarke College Marketing and Communication Office at (563)588-6318.

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