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Students Eat Fresh, Eat Local at Special “100-Mile Meal”

Posted April 9, 2014
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The meal will be made up entirely of food produced within 100 miles of campus. Among the items on the menu are Colombian roasted chicken using birds from Eberly’s Farm in Stevens, Pa., to a Fudge Chocolate Triple Layer Cake baked at Pellman’s Bakery in Lancaster County.

Bryn Mawr Continues Commitment to Sustainability with Renewable Energy Investment

Posted April 3, 2014
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February 28, 2014 quietly marked a milestone for sustainability at Bryn Mawr. The date was the College’s first day as an institution operating on 100 percent wind power, thanks to the purchase of renewable energy certificates (RECs). RECs are sold by renewable energy generators who use the proceeds to fund industry operations and projects. A […]

“Lighting the Way” Event Highlights Campus Sustainability Efforts

Posted January 31, 2013

The Sustainability Leadership Group celebrated the one-year anniversary of the LED light bulbs in the Thomas Great Hall chandelier on Tuesday. Since being installed, the lights have not yet required changing. The “Lighting the Way” celebration, co-hosted by the Noyce Math and Science Teacher Scholarship program, featured a talk by David Shiller, an environmental activist […]

Students Use Math to Make Bryn Mawr and Surrounding Community Greener

Posted January 16, 2013
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Bryn Mawr students, faculty members and administrators, as well as representatives from Lower Merion Township (home of the College), gathered in a Park Science building lecture hall at the end of last semester to hear presentations from senior math majors who spent the fall semester looking at the numbers behind several possible environmental initiatives. Three […]

Economics Professor David Ross Testifies Before Philadelphia City Council in Support of Clean Air Act

Posted July 24, 2012
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Bryn Mawr Economics Professor David Ross recently spoke at a “citizens’ hearing” in Philadelphia’s City Council Chamber in support of a recently adopted resolution in support of the Clean Air Act. Professor Ross’ Statement to Philadelphia City Council Ross spoke specifically about the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed carbon standard for new power plants. “From an […]

Collaborative Effort to Measure Food Waste Moves BMC One Step Closer to Composting

Posted May 17, 2012
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Letting nature take its course sometimes requires a surprising level of effort. Bryn Mawr College produces a substantial quantity of food waste, and composting it—allowing natural processes to transform it into nourishment for growing plants—has long been an appealing prospect to environmentally conscious members of the college community. Last year, a group of students investigated […]

As Earth Day Approaches, Campus Community Reports on a Multitude of Greening Efforts

Posted April 19, 2012
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Bryn Mawr has much to celebrate on Earth Day this Sunday, according to the College’s Environmental Sustainability Leadership Group. The ESLG, chaired by Professor of Mathematics Victor Donnay and composed of representatives from the faculty, the student body, the president’s office and several key offices on campus, was formed to help implement the Climate Action […]

Anna Melker ’12 Continues Her Quest for the “Holy Grail” of Clean Energy With Fulbright Research Grant to Sweden

Posted April 5, 2012
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Bryn Mawr chemistry major Anna Melker ’12, recipient of a 2012-13 Fulbright Research Grant, will travel  to Sweden’s Uppsala University this fall in search of what she calls the “holy grail” of clean energy. “I chose to apply for the Fulbright so I could continue my study of hydrogen fuel research, the ‘holy grail’ of […]

Sustainability 360° Offers Opportunity for Community Outreach Through Praxis

Posted March 15, 2012

When Bryn Mawr faculty members Victor Donnay, Carola Hein, and Jody Cohen began planning the 360° course cluster “Perspectives on Sustainability,” they knew they had a topic that was perfect for the multidisciplinary approach of the 360° program. Given that sustainability is a global problem that often requires local solutions, it also struck the faculty […]

Sustainability Lecture Series Offers Community a Sample of the Bryn Mawr 360° Experience

Posted February 16, 2012
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A series of public lectures and workshops offered in conjunction with the 360°: Perspectives in Sustainability course cluster will give the wider community an opportunity “to share the excitement of the 360° program that faculty and students experience in the classroom,” says Professor of Mathematics Victor Donnay, who teaches one of the three courses that […]

Economics Professor David Ross Testifies Before EPA in Support of New Fuel-Efficiency Standards

Posted January 26, 2012
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Bryn Mawr Economics Professor David Ross recently testified before officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Safety Administration arguing in favor of increased fuel-efficiency standards for U.S. cars and trucks. In his remarks, Ross argued that the new standards, which would start to take effect in 2017, are the single most effective […]

Spring 2012 360° Combines Courses from Cities, Education, and Math to Examine Sustainability Issues

Posted October 20, 2011

A 360° course cluster planned for the spring of 2012 combines courses from the Growth and Structure of Cities, Education, and Math departments to assess how planning and design interventions as well as changes in governance or education (in the broadest sense) can address challenges to the urban and natural environment. Titled “Perspectives on Sustainability,” this 360° offers […]

Bryn Mawr College Celebrates Earth Day

Posted April 21, 2011

The student group BMC Greens and the College have planned several events to celebrate Earth Day on Friday, April 22. Noon – 12:30 p.m.: Representatives from the President’s Sustainability Steering Committee will give a presentation about the College’s Climate Action Plan. They’ll talk about what parts of the plan have already been put into place […]

Math Course on Environmental Modeling Leads to Real-World Solutions, on Campus and Beyond

Posted October 21, 2010
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On Tuesday, Oct. 12, Bryn Mawr students Katie Link and Yufang Wang, along with Professor of Mathematics Victor Donnay, were officially recognized by the Haverford Township board of commissioners for their work in helping the municipality successfully apply for a $300,000 grant from the state of Pennsylvania to help finance the installation of a geothermal heating and cooling system in the township’s new community recreation and environmental education center.

Cities Professor Travels to Brazil to Develop New Course in Environmental Studies

Posted August 26, 2010
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Brazil, by far the largest country in Latin America in terms of both area and population (191 million people),  is nevertheless poorly represented in many Latin American studies curricula in the United States, says Gary McDonogh, the coordinator of Bryn Mawr’s program in Latin American, Latino and Iberian Peoples and Cultures. McDonogh, a professor in […]

Township Opts for Greener Energy System Following BMC Students’ Report, says Delaware County Daily Times

Posted June 28, 2010

Haverford Township’s Board of Commissioners voted unanimously in favor of including a geothermal energy system in plans for a community recreation and environmental center. The decision was based, in large part, on a report from students in Bryn Mawr Mathematics Professor Victor Donnay’s Math Modeling and Sustainability course, reports the Delaware County Daily Times.

Bryn Mawr Students Give Presentation to Township On Green Construction Options

Posted May 26, 2010

Students from Professor Victor Donnay’s Math Modeling and Sustainability course presented research to Haverford Township’s board of commissioners on the pros and cons of using geothermal and/or solar energy to power the township’s future recreation and environmental center, reports the News of Delaware County.

Bryn Mawr Named a “Green College” by The Princeton Review

Posted April 27, 2010
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Bryn Mawr has been named a “Green College” by The Princeton Review in its new Guide to 286 Green Colleges. Many energy-saving initiatives have reduced energy consumption at Bryn Mawr during the past decade, including the installation of a computerized energy/temperature-management system that placed temperature sensors in over 500 indoor locations throughout campus. Students recently […]

College Saves Thousands on Reduced Energy Costs Thanks to Student-Run “Energy Diet”

Posted April 22, 2010

The BMC Greens recently announced that the residents of Denbigh Hall won the 2010 Energy Diet Competition, cutting their energy usage for the month of February by approximately 26 percent. It’s estimated that the College saved almost $7,000 overall during the month thanks to reduced energy consumption by students in the residence halls during the […]

NSF grant to fund teacher-ed program focusing on environmental projects as learning aids for science

Posted February 24, 2009
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Professor of Mathematics Victor Donnay and several colleagues have received a $300,000 planning grant from the National Science Foundation to design a model program that will help local teachers use real-world environmental sustainability projects to engage students in science and math. Read more »