At Transylvania, sustainability is more than an intellectual concept. It's a way that students can get personally involved and make real inroads on the issues and problems facing our world.
Transylvania Environmental Action League (TEAL) is a student-run organization dedicated to sustainability outreach and action, both on campus and beyond. Some of TEAL's activities include organizing a Low Impact Week and organizing a series of events focused on local food.
The Student Government Association (SGA) is a partner and leader in campus sustainability efforts. Several SGA committees are actively involved with sustainability initiatives across campus, including transportation and land management planning. SGA funded enhancements to printers to provide the option of duplex printing. SGA also funded recycling bins for every student room to encourage recycling, and has financially supported the Transy Bikes! program.
Transy Bikes! is a student-run bike program. Free bikes are available for loan through the Campus Center and Transy Bikes! Shop. The Transy Bikes! Shop, located just off Forrer's front lobby, is where student mechanics maintain the loan bikes and help students, faculty, and staff care for their personal bikes. The program also hosts regular workshops focused on safety and basic bike maintenance, and organizes regular rides for all skill levels. The student mechanics learn their skills by volunteering at Broke Spoke, a community bike shop, located only a few blocks from campus.
Conservation coordinators are the eyes and ears for sustainability across campus. Each academic and administrative building has a staff conservation coordinator, and there are conservation coordinators throughout the residence halls. Each semester, coordinators are responsible for conducting a sustainability audit of their building or hall, and they help the sustainability office promote and implement a variety of program and initiatives, including winter shutdown and Recycle +. These volunteers are identified at the beginning of each academic year.
Several federal work-study paid positions are available in the sustainability office for students interested in furthering sustainability on and off campus, the Transy Bikes! program is staffed by student employees, and paid positions with the sustainability office are available most summers. Additionally, several students have completed academic internships in partnership with the sustainability office.