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Winter 2014

Sustainability Coordinators Levi Rogers and Rachel Willis  
Changes at Sustainable Skidmore

For the past several months, a group at Skidmore has been looking closely at the structure of our Sustainable Skidmore Office with an eye on improving support for the office and for our sustainability efforts more broadly. We are very pleased to announce that after significant consultation with various individuals and groups on and off campus, we have completed our evaluation of the office and moved forward quickly with several changes. [more]

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Kimball wins Skidmore Unplugged

By Joe Marto '14
The annual campus energy reduction competition known as Skidmore Unplugged moved to the fall semester for the first time since 2009. Kimball Hall won with the greatest reduction in energy usage in the competition's history, possibly the result of the exciting new prize that each hall was vying for this year. [more]

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College to eradicate invasives

As part of a growing commitment to sustainability, Skidmore has pledged to eradicate two invasive plant species from all landscaped beds and developed portions of campus. Click here to learn which plants will be eradicated and what this means for the region.

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  Kana Miller '14, left, Eliza Hollister '15, Stephen McCann'15, and Jenna Frank '14  
North Woods boardwalk completed

Students, faculty, and staff recently celebrated the completion of a new 250-foot-long boardwalk on a popular trail in Skidmore's North Woods. Construction began in the beginning of the fall semester, and the last decking boards were nailed down in December. Click here to learn more about the collaborative project.

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Composting expands

Waste-reduction dinner preparation  
By Patrick Babbitt '14
The Skidmore student composting program has been serving the Northwoods Village apartments for several years, but Student Managers Jenn Garvin '14 and Pat Babbitt '14 have set their sights on generating wider campus impact. Together, the managers coordinated the first waste-reduction dinner with Dining Services, where students learned about food safety, proper food storage, knife skills, and food waste-reduction methods. [more]

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Upcoming events

For more information about any of the upcoming events, please visit Sustainable Skidmore's Facebook page and click on the events page.

Monday, Feb. 17: Talk with Community Water Solutions Co-Founder Kate Clopeck
5 p.m., Emerson Auditorium
Clopeck is visiting Skidmore to talk about the Community Water Solutions Fellowship Program, a three-week volunteer trip in the northern region of Ghana. The program teaches students about the water crisis and provides the opportunity to make a significant, lasting impact on this global problem. Teams of students work with communities to build a water-treatment business and train local women entrepreneurs how to manage it. For more information about Community Water Solutions and the Fellowship, see this video.

Thursday, Feb. 20: Food and Race Dialogue:
Consuming the Other: Perceptions of Food and Race

6 p.m., Intercultural Center
Sustainable Skidmore and the Office of Student Diversity Programs present the second dialogue in the Food and Justice Series. We invite the Skidmore community to join in a thoughtful dialogue on food and health, gentrification, and racism.

Saturday, Feb. 22: Big Green Scream
2 p.m. and 3 p.m., Williamson Sports Center    
Join the S-Reps in the Williamson Sports Center for Skidmore's men's and women's basketball double-header against Rochester Institute of Technology. The S-Reps will have sustainability-themed games and activities all afternoon. The women's game begins at 2 p.m., and the men's game begins at 4 p.m.

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Sustainable Skidmore Fund

When making a gift to Sustainable Skidmore, you help to fund sustainability initiatives at the College. These initiatives include programs such as the Sustainability Rep Program, which provides leadership opportunities for student educators in the residence halls; the student North Woods Stewards program, which supports the ongoing maintenance and conservation of the North Woods; the student composting program in the Northwoods Village apartments; the Skidmore Student garden; and many others. Please make your gift online here. For more information contact the Sustainability Office at
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Contact us

If you have questions or future newsletter story suggestions, please get in touch with any of the Sustainable Skidmore staff by e-mailing

Levi Rogers
Sustainability Coordinator
Rachel Willis
Sustainability Coordinator

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