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Frequently Asked Questions

I have a sustainability idea that I’d like to talk with someone about.  What’s my next step?

You can fill out a form for a project idea here (link to project submission form) and a Sustainability Office student worker or the Sustainability Coordinator will get back to you within a few days.  If your project has a payback (savings through a natural resource, lowering electricity or water bills for example), please consider filling out the project idea idea form or check out the Revolving Loan Fund.

What is the Revolving Loan Fund?

The Revolving Loan Fund provides the upfront capital for sustainability projects that can pay themselves back through lowered costs, be they energy, waste, water, labor, or others.

What items does Beloit College Recycle?

You can find all of our recycleable material listed on our recycling page.  We can also recycle non-traditional materials like chip bags and plastic shopping bags through local partnerships and with the national company, Terracycle.

Does Beloit College compost?

The Sustainability Office pays a student Composting Coordinator who ensures that organic-only compost is picked up from over a dozen student houses and the campus cafeterias on campus and delivers the compost to the Beloit Urban Garden.  Additionally, non-organic food waste generated in Commons, the main campus cafeteria, is sent through a pulper and dehydrator, taking 450 pounds of food waste and reducing it to 8 pounds of soil amendment.  This soil amendment is used in landscaping applications around campus.  Composting services are not currently offered in office buildings, and faculty and staff are encouraged to compost at home.  Learn more by reading Jennifer Pantelios' story.

What are submeters?

Submeters are devices that monitor energy use for a specific building or floor within a building.  Beloit has submeters for a number of buildings on campus and you can play with the submeter data!

Still have unanswered questions?

Contact the Sustainability Coordinator, Lindsay Chapman, at chapmanlr@beloit.edu