Environmental Initiatives and Sustainability
"Our goal is to connect students to the environment in all aspects of life here at Taft, to equip them to make their own informed environmental decisions as global citizens."
- Alison Frye, Director of Environmental Stewardship
Taft is deeply committed to environmental stewardship. As an academic institution, we recognize that we are educating tomorrow’s leaders—young people who will be charged with making decisions in the workplace, in their homes, and in the community that will have a direct impact not only economically, but also socially and environmentally. Through classroom experiences, campus-based initiatives, volunteer opportunities, and global engagement, Tafties learn the science, ethics, and economics of living green.
Taft is also an institutional leader in sustainable business practices. From operational methods and systems to community engagement and advocacy, the school is dedicated to being “green.” Environmental design and LEED certification are at the core of our construction and renovation projects. We are an active member of the Green Schools Alliance, and work to reduce our carbon footprint through the ongoing assessment of our energy and material consumption, waste stream, efficient technology opportunities, and sustainable behavior. Our goal is to improve energy efficiency through the physical plant, but also in the habits and minds of the Taft community.
Taft’s commitment to a sustainable physical plant extends well beyond new construction.
Innovative, sustainable food service practices help minimize our environmental footprint while providing an exceptional dining experience.
Understanding the importance of environmental sustainability begins in the classroom.
Environmental stewardship touches every corner of our campus life and also extends beyond our walls.
Carly Borken brings a world of experiences to the Taft classroom.
Students earn Green Rhino Room Certification by attending a training session, committing to sustainable living habits, and having their room audited by an EcoMonitor.