Sustainability at Reed

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Sustainability at Reed

Reduce, reuse, recycle: Reed has embraced today's sustainability mantra. From land-use and building decisions to how we dispose of food scraps, the college is mindful of its impact on the earth.

In 2013, Reed signed a three-year, $5.4 million contract with Amersco Quantum to identify and implement changes that will minimize energy use, maximize equipment life, and maintain building livability. Improvements and upgrades are already well underway, and will result in significant water and energy savings.

The project will produce over $250,000 annually in energy, water and maintenance related savings with an equivalent CO2 emissions reduction of 2,647,750 pounds per year.

Energy and water savings will total:

  • 1,241,925 kWh annually
  • 4,463 kW annually
  • 112,954 therms annually (natural gas)
  • 7,496 CCF Annually (5,607,008 gallons annually)

This work dovetails with the college's Sustainability Mission:

Reed's Sustainability Mission

"Reed College is committed to responsible stewardship of its campus environment and is aware that our actions and decisions impact our city, our region, and our planet. As an institution of higher learning, Reed is dedicated to investigating, understanding, and promoting awareness of its present and future impact on the natural world. Through broad community involvement and education, Reed strives to incorporate ideals of sustainability into the operations of the College and the daily lives of individuals on campus. Sustainability is commonly accepted to mean meeting the resource needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. All Reed efforts in support of sustainability will strive to maintain and develop the College in a responsible manner and to minimize the College’s impact on the environment."

(Faculty Handbook, 2008). Approved by the Faculty December 4, 2006 and the Board of Trustees February 10, 2007)

We want to hear from you.

If you have ideas about what Reed could do to improve sustainability efforts on campus, send an email to the sustainability committee.