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Northshore September 2015

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229 nearly two tons of waste per week. Perhaps the most visible green initiative on campus is an impres- sive solar parking lot canopy, pres- ently the state's largest (although it's soon to be eclipsed by a new instal- lation at Bristol Community College). The 3,000-panel, 945-kilowatt instal- lation covers a 255-space parking lot on the outskirts of campus. "It opened in January 2014 and generates about 10 percent of the campus's electricity," explains Creighton. "It will reduce regional carbon dioxide emissions by about 400 tons per year and provide the college with power at a constant price for 20 years," she adds. From a green roof on the Man- ninen Center for the Arts to annual participation in Recyclemania—a nationwide intercollegiate recycling competition—Endicott is always finding new ways to go green. With Creighton's leadership, the college also takes advantage of available grants and rebates to plan for future projects, from wind turbines to additional solar panel installs to more efficient boilers and cooling towers. Not every project is green- lighted, but determining feasibility is part of the learning curve for everyone involved. "Endicott is like a microcosm of the society around us," says Creight- on. "We are the home-away-from- home for thousands of students. We house people, feed people, care for them, and along with our responsi- bilities come a variety of challenges, but also opportunities to generate awareness and encourage participa- tion in the environmental issues fac- ing not only Endicott but the larger world around us. "If we don't do something here, then someone someplace else has to do more," she asserts. "But we are more than willing to do our part." CONTACT Endicott College 376 Hale St. Beverly 978-927-0585 Endicott is host to one of the largest parking lots in the state to harness solar energy. photograph by Elise Sinagra

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