"The Campus Wild"
Northampton Community College (NCC) has received prominent coverage in the National Wildlife Foundation's August 25 issue of The Campus Wild. The report highlights NCC's joint project with Lafayette College's environmental engineering students to research and install a bioswale (long channel) to filter and capture runoff from the NCC parking lot. The article states that in addition to filtering polluted runoff, the system collects and provides a summer water source for the East 40 Community Garden at the edge of the Bethlehem campus. Benefits include a decreased amount of untreated runoff entering the local watershed and an increased habitat for wildlife on campus.
In a foreword to the report, which features environmental work at higher education institutions, W. Daniel Svedarsky, director of the Center for Sustainability at the University of Minnesota, Crookston says that "for more than 25 years, National Wildlife Federation's College Ecology Program has worked tirelessly with students, faculty and staff across the U.S. to advance higher education leadership for biodiversity, climate action and sustainability curriculum on campus," says. "Organized by students and their faculty and staff allies, these projects have restored habitat, promoted community resilience, reduced carbon footprints, and increased students' sustainability and career skills."
Kelly Allen, NCC associate professor of English, and Karen Klein, assistant professor of biology, are acknowledged in The Campus Wild for their contributions. Allen spearheaded the Community Garden in 2010. NCC graduate Michael MacDonald, now an undergraduate student at the University of California, Santa Cruz, is quoted in the report on his involvement in the NCC bioswale project.
NCC has earned growing recognition for its environmental initiatives. Earlier this year, the College received a Green Ribbon Award from the U.S. Department of Education as a college where "students learn to live, work, and play with sustainability and health in mind, not as an afterthought, but as an integral part of everything they undertake."