Monday, October 13, 2014

Carpool, Shuttle, and RideShare opportunities

Ripon College offers members of the campus community a RideBoard.  Anyone with access to the Portal (my.Ripon.edu) can access this service once logged on.
In the tab at the top of the page, select "Campus Life".  From the Campus Life page, select "Ride Board".  From there you can see rides offered and rides needed.

In addition to the personal offers for rides, the College offers shuttle service to airports in Milwaukee and Chicago at the beginning and end of each semester.  This service is coordinated through the Office of Student Activities and Orientation.. More information about the shuttles can be found at http://www.ripon.edu/campuslife/transportation/

Reduce your commuting costs by 50 percent or more! Rideshare, feelin' better already!
Finally, if the ride you need still can't be found, or you regularly commute to Ripon College from a neighboring community, you might find a ride the through the WI Department of Transportation RideShare program. Information about that statewide service can be found at http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/travel/commuter/index.htm

Monday, October 6, 2014

Ripon College Takes 3rd in Nation Among Colleges & Universities Helping Wisconsin achieve 1st Place in National Bike Challenge



The National Bike Challenge has just finished  and Ripon College achieved itshighest national rankings in the “School” categories:  10th among all schools (out of 147 K-Higher Educational Institutions) and 3rd among all colleges and universities in the nation (out of 109)!

In terms of local pride, we were 1st among all colleges and universities in the state of Wisconsin. Yes, we even ranked better than UW-Madison.

We also had teams in two other categories.  In the “Workplace” category, we came in 309th out of 1101 participating workplaces.  This was the only category Lawrence University was also in, who came in at #413.  Our Ripon College Redhawk “Team” came in 258th out of almost 1300 other teams.  All in all, this was a very good showing.

Our totals for this year were solid.  We had 28 people signed up and 20 who logged miles during the Challenge period of May 1st through September 30th.  We logged 9,554 miles and earned 25,515 Challenge points.  While these totals are not quite on par with our record-setting pace of last year, they still kept us very competitive in the NBC rankings.

In terms of the national totals, there were 47,082 riders who logged a total of 23,309,210 miles during the NBC.  Wisconsin was the #1 ranked state this year, finally knocking off our past rivals, Nebraska and Vermont.  The top individual rider nationally, Eric Nordgren of Topeka, Kansas, logged 18,152 miles over 153 days for 21,212 NBC points.  Yes, he averaged over 100 miles a day!

For more results from the National Bike Challenge, visit their website:  http://bikeleague.org/content/challenge-47000-riders-23m-miles#anchor

Thank you and kudos to all the Ripon NBC riders for helping Ripon College maintain its strong cycling tradition and standings in the NBC.  We hope this will help cycling advocates across the country make the case for cycling and cyclists in the many venues—public policy, economic development, environment—where we need to make a difference.  And those of you who weren’t able to join us this year, there is always the 2015 Challenge starting next May!

Contributed by Paul Jeffries (jeffriesp@ripon.edu)

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Use your Common Sense

After a beautiful, cool summer warm weather is finally here and so are the students!  We are delighted to have everyone back on campus.  However, we all share many common resources, so let's use our Common Sense.

When it is hottest outside (1 PM - 4 PM), be vigilant about turning off lights, fans, and all electronics.  If you are lucky and have an air-conditioned space, please close the door to your room and, of course, be sure the windows are also shut.

That's it... Let's power down to Beat the Peak.

WHEN IT'S NOT IN USE, WHAT'S YOUR EXCUSE?

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Ripon Magazine focuses on Sustainability

The most recent issue of Ripon College's magazine, Ripon Magazine, focuses on campus sustainability as well as the impact our alumni are having in the environmental science fields.


In addition,  many updates have recently been added to this blog.  Check out RecycleMania results,  what's happening in the campus garden, and what's blooming in the Ceresco Prairie.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Sustainability is Growing on Campus

This week we are welcoming the Class of 2018 on campus.  Among the many things they are learning about Ripon College is the importance of sustainability: use less stuff, use less energy,  and what can be recycled on campus (pretty much everything!).  Several dozen students and their families dropped by the Sustainability table in Pickard Commons for the Resource Fair. 

Resource Fair June 24-26, 2014

They also got to hear Kaitlyn Welzen '15 talk about the campus hoophouse and campus garden, as well as programs Sodexo dining has put in place to provide students with nutritious, local, and international options.  After her presentation, Kaitlyn was down in the garden picking strawberries and getting the ground ready for a late planting.

Kaitlyn Welzen taking a break from gardening

Cortland apples growing; hoophouse skeleton and compost in background
Happily, the Cortland apples are growing beautifully.  Perhaps we'll have enough apples this fall to bring in the apple press and make cider!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Sustainability Intern working on Green Report Card

Just a quick brief entry here to share my enthusiasm for the work being done by EcoREPS coordinator, Kristen Larson '14, for her Environmental Studies senior seminar.

Kristen is gathering data to help the College with their first Green Report Card.  We know we're in the top third nationally for recycling, but that's not nearly the whole picture.  The report card will let us know how we're performing relative to other colleges and universities on a whole range of sustainability topics.

Check back in late April to see the results!


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Sustainability Intern update: EcoREPS, recyclable crafts, Earth Week planning

Hello all!
On Sunday, March 16, the night before Spring Break, I met up with the Eco-REPS. We discussed working with the R.A.s to communicate to students the recycling rules on campus. The Eco-REPS refined their speeches and made some awesome informative posters!
















I am communicating with R.A.s and we will set up times the week following Spring Break for the Eco-REPS to give presentations on the residence hall floors, complete with visual aids!
 Eco-REPS were encouraged to identify some good ideas for recyclable crafting while they were on break.  Meanwhile, I am getting in contact with SMAC to organize an event around this idea.
I am also encouraging the Eco-REPS to consider assisting Kaitlyn Welzen with her hoop house project on April 5th. She is planning a trip to Appleton to learn how to build a hoop house (similar to a greenhouse, “but with metal ‘hoops’ and plastic sheeting” as she describes it).


 We have a lot of exciting events leading up to Earth Week, so look for them!
I hope everyone had a great Spring Break!

Kristen