Mahaney Center for the Arts Goes Green
In keeping with the College’s commitment to environmental stewardship, the Mahaney Center for the Arts (MCA) has made many changes to lessen the Arts’ resource footprint over the past several years.
All major Arts publications, including the Arts Calendar, the Arts at Middlebury Newsletter, Performing Arts Series programs, and posters are now printed on environmentally-friendly paper. The Mohawk Options paper is 100 percent post-consumer recycled content, process chlorine free, and manufactured with wind power. The environmental savings over the course of one year are impressive: over 72 trees, 30,000 gallons of wastewater, and 51,000,000 BTUs of energy.
We’re also tracking the distribution of our publications carefully, and making sure we only order what we’ll use. Rather than sending publications to everyone on campus, we now send paper publications only to those who have bought a ticket or otherwise expressed an interest in the arts. Many of our patrons have already made the switch to our electronic mailing list; our weekly email blast, “ArtsMail,” was redesigned in fall 2008 and now has over 4,500 subscribers. Would you like to join a mailing list or switch from paper to electronic? Send us an email here.
In fall 2009, the MCA was awarded an environmental council grant to install occupancy sensors in practice rooms, restrooms, and corridors. A recent energy audit suggested that the sensors would pay for themselves and start saving energy expenses within two years.
In spring 2012, the MCA was awarded an environmental council grant to add more than a dozen indoor plants to the "greenscape" of the lobbies. These new plants help scrub the air, absorb carbon dioxide, and add to the natural beauty of our space. We chose low-maintenance varieties of plants to conserve resources.
Do Your Part
We're encouraging our patrons to help us "go green" by considering these strategies:
Carpool when attending arts events
Share a program with a friend, and recycle it after the event
Pick up your tickets at the box office, instead of having them mailed
Let us know if there are any problems with your mailing address, or if you’d prefer to be on our electronic mailing list instead.
Do you have ideas for other ways the Mahaney Center for the Arts can “go green”?
Contact Liza Sacheli at 802-443-3169 or firstname.lastname@example.org.