Virtual Tour of the Belleville Campus

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About the Café

Over the past year, the Belleville Campus Café has recycled more 4,200 pounds of fryer oil, and 99 percent of plastic foam products have been eliminated. If customers bring a reusable mug, they can receive discounts on beverage purchases.

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About Composting

Staff members at ARAMARK put food prep scraps in a composter, and the Horticulture Club hauls it to the compost area and uses the end product. This ensures that a lot of waste is not being sent to landfills when it could become useful and environmentally beneficial compost instead.

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About the Greenhouse

There is always something growing at the SWIC greenhouse! Students have the opportunity to grow, identify and learn about plant material throughout the year. Students have the chance to learn about sustainable horticulture. The Horticulture Department has a giant composting area and recycles pots of all sizes and shapes for the annual plant sale. The Horticulture Department even collects pots from the community because it is important to teach students to value sustainability.

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MetroLink Discount

Students and staff receive free MetroLink and MetroBus passes each semester.

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Nature Conservation Area

About the Nature Conservation Area

The SWIC Nature Conservation Area is 50 acres of woodlands and prairie restorations on the southwest side of campus. A portion of Little Loop Creek and several ephemeral wetlands in the area provide habitat for aquatic animals and waterfowl. These natural communities provide numerous ecological services such as oxygen production and carbon sequestration. A series of mowed paths allow visitors to view nature, exercise and enjoy the outdoors. The area along Green Mount Road includes the Tom Amlung Nature Trail, a paved trail with interpretive signs that is part of the MetroLink bike path system.

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About the Physical Plant

The Physical Plant has shown exceptional leadership in implementing sustainable projects involving campus buildings and grounds. These include energy efficiency projects, recycling, green building projects and installing refillable water stations. A lighting audit was conducted at the Belleville Campus in the following areas: Modular Buildings, Intramural Gym, Boiler House, Greenhouse and all other outlying storage buildings. These facilities had not been audited in the past. More than 530 fixtures were converted (1,135 bulbs) from T-12 40-watt bulbs to T-8 28-watt bulbs. The estimated savings in energy cost is about $3,000 per year.

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Schmidt Art Center

About the Schmidt Art Center

One of the elements of true sustainability is protecting and valuing cultural diversity. Through its exhibits and programs, the Schmidt Art Center highlights the ways that individuals manifest their identities. The Schmidt also addresses environmental issues through programs using recycled materials to create art. A multi-session “Trash Museum” curriculum is offered by art center volunteers in area elementary schools. Saturday Creative Kids workshops introduce art-making with recycled and reused materials to families for a minimal fee.

Learn more about the Schmidt Art Center.