History of Sustainable & Environmental Efforts

Year 2013

Over 150 students were involved in research, international travel, community activity and/or club activity in areas related to energy, sustainability and environmental impact.

Twenty-one sustainable energy classes were created or infused. Twenty of these courses from all three academic Divisions (Science and Math, Business Administration and Economics, and Humanities and Social Sciences) were taught.

Based on an average class size of 25 students, over 500 students were exposed to sustainable energy topics during the 2012-2013 academic year.

Year 2012

Twenty-one (21) classes either created or infused with energy, sustainable energy or related environmental issues. Faculty development not only included the infusion of courses, but also the participation in research projects including biofuels, weatherization, aquaponics and graphene.

Over 100 students were either involved in research, guided inquiry research, international travel, community activity and/or club activity in areas related to sustainable energy.

Year 2011

Morehouse-Wide Initiative for Sustainable Energy (M-WISE) program was created. This is a model program at Morehouse College to create a transformative, interdisciplinary curriculum and research infrastructure for students to become leaders in the global arena of sustainable energy. M-WISE will provide classroom and real-life opportunities for students to learn the connection of energy research to business, economic, social science, policy and psychology. The result of this project will be a model for energy education at Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Liberal Arts Colleges to prepare students for future careers in energy and a green economy.

Morehouse College Dining Hall began composting food waste. The compost is used by local farmers and manufacturers of garden products and thereby diverted from local landfills.

Year 2010

Morehouse College participated in "Advancing Sustainable Campus Infrastructures for Minority-Serving Institutions" summits, hosted by the UNCF Institute for Capacity Building. These summits were dedicated to advancing the institution's transition to a green economy and offer a series of learning workshops to help enhance campus facilities and infrastructure.

Year 2009

The Paper and Cardboard Recycling program was renamed "Single Stream Recycling". Single Stream Recycling allows participants to place ALL recyclables, (aluminum cans, cardboard, glass, paper, and plastic), into a single container thus reducing waste disposal.

Year 2008

The Morehouse College Sustainability Committee and Program was established to create a culture of environmental responsibility that would produce real and lasting change throughout the Morehouse community and its surrounding areas.

Year 2005

Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) held its first Environmental Summit at Morehouse College, which brought together faculty, staff, and students from several southern states on the discussion of green campus innovations, green careers and internships. Additionally, the summit conducted student leadership and engagement sessions and environmental activism.

Year 2000

Morehouse College approved a series of meetings and workshops which lead to the development of the Environmental Studies, an interdisciplinary academic minor, directed by Dr. Larry Blumer. This academic minor presents students, who may major in any academic subject, with the opportunity to gain knowledge of and sensitivity to the scientific, social, political, economic, and cultural aspects of the Human-environment interaction. (lblumer)