Living Green at Dean

  • Dean Goes Green

    Living Green at DeanDean College is working to create a campus and world that is economically, socially and environmentally sustainable. Sustainability is all about finding the balance between people, the economy and the environment in the present for the future. By creating a more balanced present, we can preserve and conserve our natural resources and environment for future generations of Bulldogs.

    Mission, Vision and Goals

    The mission of the Living Green at Dean campaign is to lead the Dean College campus toward a culture of sustainability through meaningful education, programs and actions. Our short- and long-term vision is to transform Dean into a community grounded in campus sustainability and environmental stewardship.

    In 2013, Dean College launched the Green@Dean campaign to increase sustainability efforts on campus. The new Living Green at Dean campaign plans to build on the goals of that campaign and make Dean an even “greener,” sustainable environment.

    Dean College partners with GreenerU, a company that works with colleges and universities to help integrate improvements that will lower costs for water, energy and maintenance; engage the college community to energize sustainability efforts; and communicate sustainability progress and successes.

    How Dean is Green

    We as a college have spent a lot of time making different aspects of Dean College more sustainable. Through work with Sodexo, our dining affiliate, The Brickman Group, our landscaping design affiliate and CleanCampus, our cleaning affiliate, we have made great strides toward becoming a fully sustainable campus. Here are some examples of what we do each day and what we have done around campus:

    • Food waste at Dean College is collected, ground to a pulp and composted locally. Dean also has a recycling company that picks up old computer and A/V equipment
    • LED lighting has been installed in many of our buildings.
    • Occupancy sensors control lighting in many areas.
    • Building Automation Systems (BAS) have been installed in many buildings, providing digital control of lighting, heating, cooling and ventilation.
    • Waste kitchen oils are refined and used as heating fuel.
    • Truckloads of used furniture and equipment have been donated for charitable use. Some examples: Used Library furniture was sent to Jamaica for hurricane relief, used Residence Hall furniture sent to the Mass Coalition for the Homeless, used Dining Room furniture donated to various charities throughout Eastern Massachusetts, used vehicles and golf carts donated to Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical School for student education.
    • Carbon Dioxide sensors installed to control ventilation. (ventilation is based on occupancy, not on a schedule.)
    • Variable speed drives installed on mechanical equipment to increase efficiency.
    • High efficiency boilers installed.
    • Outside air temperature sensors installed on boilers to control operation.
    • Construction and maintenance documents maintained in a digital format to reduce paper consumption. (One project, such as Horne Hall, could fill three file drawers with only one copy of each document.)

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  • Dean College helps the environment in many ways: All of the trash gets sorted and waste doesn’t get sent to landfills, many buildings have sensor-controlled lights and sinks and cleaning crews only use certified green chemicals.

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  • Dean Recycles

    Have you ever wondered why Dean College doesn't recycle? Well, we do! We use a zero-sort, single-bin recycling service that puts more of your discarded materials back into the world and less of it into the landfill. Details »