Sustainability @ Siena
Welcome to the sustainability website for Siena College! Here, you can learn how Siena is working to promote and coordinate sustainable practices on campus, as well as educate the Siena community about how they can take part in creating a sustainable school.
Read our Winter 2019-2020 Sustainability Newsletter to stay up-to-date with new and exciting projects taking place on campus!
Or read our comprehensive Zero Waste Plan for Siena's short and long term sustainability goals.
What does living sustainably mean?
Siena has a responsibility to live in a way that benefits not only our campus, but the greater community as a whole. Sustainability can be a broad topic, but is nicely summarized by the Brundtland Report (Our Common Future):
"Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."
It contains within it two key concepts:
- the concept of needs, in particular the essential needs of the world's poor, to which overriding priority should be given; and
- the idea of limitations imposed by the state of technology and social organization on the environment's ability to meet present and future needs."
What makes Siena sustainable?
- Campus Recycling and Water Bottle Fill-Up Stations
- Rain Gardens and Organic Garden
- Composting in Dining Halls
- Roots Cafe
- Rosetti Hall and the Trustco Bank Center
- Storm-Water Management
- Other Facilities Projects
- Plus much, much more!