A History of Sustainability
The Sustainability Grant Fund is open for applications! Originally created in 2009 by a student vote, this fund has supported the development of the Linfield Community Garden, the Linfield Bike Co-op, a sustainable bike structure and a composting program on campus. For more information about the fund and how to apply, please visit the Sustainability Grant Fund page.
Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb (CFL) Direct Install Campaign
In 2009, the student sustainability group Greenfield partnered with the local municipality McMinnville Water & Light to develop the "Light Up McMinnville" campaign. The project raised $2 for each CFL bulb directly installed in the community. Students installed over 3,000 light bulbs in the community raising over $6,000 for solar panels, saving McMinnville over 150,000 watts of power.
T.J. Day Hall Receives LEED Gold Certification
T.J. Day Hall at Linfield College recently received a LEED Gold certification for sustainable building practices, awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The historic building on the school’s McMinnville Campus underwent a $10 million green restoration, which was completed in the summer of 2011.
The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building certification program is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of green buildings, and is based on a rigorous third-party review. In addition to ecological benefits, LEED-certified buildings are designed to improve the health and well-being of occupants.
Thirty-five (35) energy conservation projects have been completed since the 2008 signing of the President Climate Commitment, generating approximately $123.3K in utility cost savings. Over the last decade, Linfield college has implemented several energy efficiency and conservation projects which have yielded extraordinary results, cumulatively saving 1.8 million Therms of natural gas and 10.3 million kWh hours of electricity. That is equivalent to heating 1,837 homes and supplying electricity for 687 homes over one year. Projects included:
- Replaced over 10,500 inefficient lights with high efficient T8 fluorescents and CFLs.
- Light motion sensors have been installed throughout the campus to control lighting.
- Installed 1.6 miles of energy efficient double-walled steam lines to eliminate leakage.