The Barrytown Sustainability Project aims to put the Barrytown campus at the forefront of sustainable practices. The goal of the project is to create an educational program that will give students of the new undergraduate college an opportunity to get hands on experience in the growing field of Sustainability. In the process of reaching this goal, we want to make the Barrytown campus more cost effective, energy efficient, and environmentally friendly. We view our time here as a gift and we are committed to caring for this space. Currently we have three areas we are exploring:
Renewable Energy: We intend to cut our costs and our dependency on fossil fuels that harm the environment. We aim to research and implement new technologies that produce clean renewable energy and will cut utility costs.
Gardening: We intend to create a garden system that will produce healthy organic vegetables. The system will integrate a greenhouse, a community garden, and a compost that will provide the school with organic food options, as well as give the local community members a space to grow a garden.
Aquaculture: We intend to create a fish farm and explore soilless gardening techniques. This system will work hand in hand with the garden and supplement the food growing process. We hope to develop a way of raising organic grown fish and supply them to the school and local markets.
Recycling is one of our practices as well, and bins can be found in each wing of the Residence Hall, in offices, and around the campus.
The ultimate goal of the Barrytown Sustainability Project is to create a platform for future exploration of sustainable technologies and practices. We want to create an environment where students are encouraged to explore and feel empowered to execute their findings.