Reduce, reuse, recycle – we have all heard the “Three R’s” before. However, Transylvania and the greater Lexington community truly put this mantra into action. Through a sustainability council which meets regularly, Transylvania is committed to going green to respect our planet now and conserve it for the future. Here are just a few of the ways that you can go green at Transy:
- Visit the TU Bike Shop to get some good ole’ fresh air, to feel the breeze through your correctly fastened helmet, and to exercise those legs. We not only rent out bikes and helmets to students, we also offer free repair and tune-up services.
- Chow down on some Locally Grown Food in the cafeteria. Every week, a chalkboard displays which foods have been locally grown and what farm it is from.
- Treat your significant other to a night of classy romance at one of the cafeteria’s Candlelight Dinners. Every light in the seating area is turned off to conserve energy, and the space is instead lit by candles at each table. Students get pretty excited about these special events.
- Reserve a plot in our Community Garden, where you can raise plants, food, or flowers! Also, this is one of the best study spots on campus on a warm, sunny day – it is secluded from the hustle and bustle of the academic side of campus, and it is far enough from Broadway that you never hear horns honking or sirens blaring.
- Fill up your reusable water bottle at one of our Water Filtration Stations located around campus. It’s a great option to stay hydrated, healthy, and earth-conscious!
- Venture off campus for a bite to eat at the local Third Street Stuff and Doodles. Doodles is a breakfast and lunch restaurant which strives to use local and organic food whenever possible, and Third Street Stuff receives their coffee from sustainable sources. It’s food with a conscious!
These are just a few ways to get involved, as Transy has committed to a Climate Action Plan, which means that we have multiple strategies to become carbon-neutral. Every day, Transy is becoming a healthier place to live, learn, and work not only for the students and faculty of today, but also for future generations, the city, and ultimately for the planet.