It looks like Claremont McKenna has now been hijacked, too. We knew that this was coming with no tray day, with Emily Meinhardt's enviro-evangelizing, and biased panels on climate change.
President Gan promises that we're going to be more sustainable. It would appear that we're going to be sustainable to every fad, but our mission.
Already, CMC tracks environmental impacts as reported by The Roberts Environmental Center, and takes steps to reduce its environmental footprints. Sustainability Guidelines have been adopted to encourage leadership opportunities in such areas as power use, building construction, waste management practices, and purchasing.Gann also wants to build green.
The effects of compiling and considering the College’s environmental impact have already been seen: in 2007, the Buildings and Grounds Committee pledged to certify all new on campus buildings LEED silver. This commitment, described later in the report, means all new buildings will be high performance green buildings.She would do well to study the example of Oberlin College, which built green, costly, and inefficient. You can read about that disaster here.
Who pays for all these things? Why, we do.
Tuition will go up yet again because our college, dependent as it is on federal money, has no incentive to cut costs. This in turn will force more students into precarious positions as respect to their finances.
I suspect, though that the green activists won't be pleased with even these "reforms." Like the black activists who burned down Story House, they'll only be pleased when their every fantasy is catered, irrespective of cost.
I just have one question for all the environmentalists out there: Why can't you save the world on your own time with your own money?