Friday, April 20, 2018

Environmental Sustainability at Vol State

Cayman Threet and Dr. Ellen Dayhuff

Vol State has found a way to be environmentally conscious while also saving money in the long run. The APPA, Leadership of Educational Facilities, recently recognized Vol State for its campus sustainability practices in their magazine. There is a link to the article below.
In 2013, Vol State began implementing new technologies which would completely revamp its obsolete electrical control systems. Four years and four new buildings later, Vol State is maintaining its electrical operation costs by sixteen cents per square foot less than it was in 2013. Automated controls and active management are the secrets to success. Our very own SRB building is even LEED certified. So, what does that mean?
The big picture in LEED buildings is to construct better buildings that have less of an impact on the environment than most traditionally build buildings. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED Certification refers to buildings that have been designed, built and maintained using best practice strategies for green building and energy efficiency,” explained Dr. Ellen Dayhuff, professor of Mathematics and advisor of Team Change.

Team Change president, Cayman Threet shared: “Team Change is an organization where we focus on educating the population on how to recycle, and do little things to take care of the environment … We focus on education and environment in new and creative ways.”

According to Will Newman, senior director of Plant Operations,
“very few green projects save money. Someone always has to pay. An example is an electric car charging station. Electricity isn’t free, but it is good for the environment to reduce the consumption of energy, right? Recycling? The college must pay to have the recycled goods picked up. If we elected to take items to a recycling center ourselves, we must pay employees to do so, as well as use trucks and trailers to haul the material. We must ask ourselves, is it worth it? I like to think, yes.”

This is your world. It’s up to you to take care of it, and if you don’t then nobody will. It’s not easy sometimes. We all have a part to play. So, play your part well,” said Threet.

Cayman Threet and her Recycled Art
There are recycling bins located all around campus. Not all recycling is created equal, so it’s highly encouraged to pay attention to which bins you are putting your items into. Team Change is currently seeking motivated volunteers and a new club president for the Fall 2018. If you are interested in sustainability and want to get involved, please contact Dr. Dayhuff at

Please remember to reduce, recycle, and reuse.

To view the above mentioned article, please click

-By Rachel Keyes

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