The Ripon College community, beginning in the Office of the President, is committed to doing everything in its power to be good stewards of our environment.
Sustainability initiatives are deeply engrained in all aspects of our campus life, from administration to academics to student clubs and organizations.
Students with a passion for environmental causes are encouraged to join the campus organizations EGOR (Environmental Group of Ripon), the Ripon Outdoors Club, and Ducks Unlimited, whose efforts to improve the environment are felt every day on campus. Additionally, many students have taken on roles as EcoReps, helping Ripon’s Sustainability Coordinator to inform campus about ways to reduce, reuse and recycle. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of many, recycling has become more accessible to students on campus and the results are measurable. Managed through TerraCycle, Ripon continues to be one of the leading college campuses in up-cycling beauty and hygiene product containers. Follow Ripon’s progress in the eight-week RecycleMania competition.
Learn more about Ripon’s new sustainable mugs, an initiative aimed at decreasing the use of paper coffee cups.
Operationally, the campus makes every effort to purchase fuel-efficient and hybrid vehicles whenever possible and continues to update heating and cooling systems to make campus buildings more efficient. The Physical Plant has also made a dramatic difference in the College’s consumption of natural resources. With an extensive campus recycling program and investments that save in electrical costs every year with LED light fixtures replacing older incandescent fixtures. The installation of eco-friendly water bottle filling stations, beginning in the spring semester of 2013, have steadily reduced the number of plastic bottles purchased and discarded on campus.
Recent initiatives including the erection of a campus hoop house to grow herbs and vegetables, the installation of honey bee hives on the Ceresco Prairie and the move by Kaitlyn Welzen ’15 to change a City of Ripon ordinance allowing on-campus composting have helped our campus take a giant leap forward.