Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 NECSF Grants!

The grants will be presented by Michael Thomas, President of the New England Board of Higher Education and Tony Cortese, Senior Fellow and Co-Founder of Second Nature, at the New England Campus Sustainability Forum.

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Representatives from the winning schools with Michael Thomas, President of the New England Board of Higher Education and Tony Cortese, Senior Fellow and Co-Founder of Second Nature, at the New England Campus Sustainability Forum.


Grant Winners:

Merrimack College

Merrimack College students will create a trail system traversing the main ecological communities on campus and providing an inspiring, nature-based walking experience for the community. The trail will have minimal impact on the existing natural ecosystems by extending and connecting existing paths on campus, while avoiding sensitive wetland areas with small boardwalks. While serving as an example of creative sustainable design and development, the trail simultaneously promotes health, a walking campus culture, highlights the ecological diversity on campus, and creates linkages to the local environment as well as the surrounding communities.


Southern Connecticut State University

Southern Connecticut State University will pilot a Composting Project to demonstrate the accessibility and ease of this ecologically superior method of waste disposal. SCSU will begin by installing a common backyard tumbler at the SCSU Community Garden and providing compost bins to 10 offices around campus.  Organic materials will be collected in compost bins, and a Compost Collector will collect the compost from each office once a day and deposit into the composting tumbler.  The compost will be used in the SCSU Community Garden, which grows vegetables to donate to the Greater New Haven Community.


Trinity College

Trinity College will implement a Fresh Perspectives recycling program that dynamically engages freshman with the new dorm room recycling bins in their residence halls in order to catalyze a successful recycling culture. Accurate signage and accessible bins complement training sessions at orientation, “Green Fairy” visits, Sustainable Living Nights, Waste Audits and guest speakers to confront students with sustainability issues and empower freshman with the knowledge to recycle properly and live more sustainably at Trinity.


Quinsigamound Community College

Quinsigamound Community College engineering students will undertake a project to construct a solar powered lamppost that will create awareness for alternative energy generation on campus. The project will involve analyzing the present street lighting cost and power consumption, designing and constructing a solar powered lamppost, and finally comparing the two lighting systems in terms of their respective cost of maintenance, power consumption and feasibility. A workshop making a solar powered cell will complement the project by reinforcing the potential for solar-powered energy alternatives and reiterate students’ involvement in campus sustainability.


The University of Southern Maine, Unity College,  University of New England

The University of Southern Maine’s Students for Environmental Awareness and Sustainability, Unity College’s Sustainability Assistants and University of New England’s Eco-Reps will collaborate to organize and host a Student Sustainability Leadership Retreat on the UNE – Biddeford Campus with a subsequent presentation at Unity College. This convergence will educate and empower student leaders so they will have the ability to demonstrate the value of sustainable practices and policies on campus. The retreat will include qualified lecturers and allow for several breakout workshops in order to provide Maine students with the opportunity to directly engage with sustainability issues.


Franklin Pierce University

Franklin Pierce students will organize “Voices: Engaging Communication for Sustainability” a project that will help students find their voice in the sustainability movement. The project will be launched at Franklin Pierce Sustainability Day in October 2013. The goal of this project will be to produce two live webcasts regarding the triple bottom line and its relevance to sustainability on campus. The project will also include a series of four public service announcements through the community radio station and a monthly column promoting campus sustainability. All of these projects will give students a chance to find and exercise their voices in the sustainability movement while giving them practical experience and the ability to explore their career potential in the field of sustainability communications.