Greener & Gold: the Greening of a College Campus

On Thursday evening, in a small corner of Swem Library, an audience of students, staff, faculty, administrators, alum, and Williamsburg residents came together to watch Greener & Gold: the Greening of a College Campus, a documentary film made by four student filmmakers – Aaron Port, Pratyush Dubey, Nimah Rahman, and Bernice Chu – and filmmaker-in-residence Jes Therkelsen. The 17-minute film chronicles the rise of the College of William and Mary from a school rated in 2008 by Sierra Magazine as a “failing institution” with a grade of an F, to one of the most environmentally-responsible colleges in the nation, according to “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 311 Green Colleges: 2011 Edition.” After the screening, President Taylor Reveley, Committee on Sustainable co-chairs Dennis Taylor and Lynda Butler, Geology Professor Rowan Lockwood, and student representative Lauren Edmonds ’11 faced questions and comments from audience members.

The college has come a long way and has plenty to be proud of. From the founding of the Keck Lab to the formation of the Environmental Science and Policy Program, the mechanisms to attain a more sustainable campus were put into motion many years ago. It wasn’t until recently, however, by leveraging a Green Fee of $15/semester on themselves, were students able to move the struggle from logistical to operational.