By Ethan Mulcahy
Cape Cod Community College (4Cs) is in the process of becoming a sustainable and environmentally friendly campus.
“Cape Cod Community College has done really well with recycling and reducing their carbon footprint,” said Michael Gross, the Director of College Communications. “A big issue with all of the college’s environmental problems is not enough money that the state invests in keeping the college green.”
Although, Gross also explained that when the state does invest money into recycling and being ecofriendly, a difference can be made. The Lorusso Applied Technology building is a primary example of this.
According the Gross, The Lydon P. Lorusso Applied Technology building was built from state funds and was constructed partly with recycled materials. The building won an award for its renewability and efficiency in 2006. It is the Commonwealth’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified “green” building according to the 4Cs website.
The Lorusso building has many environmentally friendly features which include a specific design and layout to maximize the use of daylight, water conservation measures to reduce consumption by 85%, materials made from either recyclables or from local sources to reduce environmental impacts by transportation, and includes solar panels on the rooftop.
Although, aside from an eco-friendly building, what steps are being taken by 4Cs to become more sustainable and where exactly does the college’s recycled materials go?
“All of the colleges recyclables get picked up by maintenance workers and is brought to what’s called single-stream recycling where all recycling can be brought in one container,” said Gross.
The process of single-stream recycling is that all of the recyclables are brought in a truck to the facility where they are sorted by humans and then high-powered equipment such as machines that use infrared light and high powered magnets to separate materials.
Students for Sustainability Club advisor, Kate LePore said, “I’d love to see a plastic bottle and aluminum can recycling program across campus.”
Things to recycle: plastic and glass bottles, cans, jars, paper, plastic containers (with recycling label), cardboard (flattened), newspapers and magazines. There are many places around campus for students to throw their recyclables; these places are clearly labeled with signs and can be found throughout the hallways in all buildings.