Sustainability at Franklin Pierce

Sustainability in Action

Franklin Pierce University has taken actions in the following areas to reduce the University's carbon footprint:
Energy  |  Environmental ServicesFood Services  |  Land Protection  |  Printing  |  Purchasing  |  Recycling

Visit the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) Reporting System for our most recent Climate Action Plan, Greenhouse Gas Inventory, and Progress Report

Download our 2010 Sustainability Report Card  PDF .



Wood pellet storage and boilerReplacing fossil fuel boilers with wood pellet boilers for heating campus buildings will save 49,000 gallons of oil and 109,000 gallons of propane per year, and will reduce equivalent CO2 production by 618 metric tons. 

In addition, we have taken the following actions:

  • Reviewed opportunities for Wind, Solar, and Geo-Thermal energy.
  • Equipped Cheshire Hall, Cheney Hall, Lakeview Townhouses, and the lobby addition at the Field House as energy efficient structures with thermo-pane windows, fluorescent lighting, and energy efficient HVAC equipment.
  • Built Lakeside Educational Center with thermo-pane windows, fluorescent lighting, and radiant heating system.
  • Built Petrocelli Hall as an energy efficient structure with thermo-pane windows, fluorescent lighting, and energy efficient HVAC equipment which qualified for a PSNH energy efficiency program rebate.
  • Replaced the furnace and air handling system at the Northfields Activity Center with energy efficient equipment; replaced the hot water and heating boilers at the Campus Center with energy efficient equipment; replaced the heating boiler at the Field House with energy efficient equipment.
  • Replaced the air conditioning chillers at Marcucella Hall with an energy efficient air cooled chiller.
  • Installed high efficiency T-5 fluorescent fixtures in the Warehouse/Facilities building which qualified for a PSNH energy efficiency program rebate.
  • Changed most of the old incandescent exit signs throughout campus to energy efficient LED exit signs.
  • Changed most of the lighting inside campus buildings from incandescent to fluorescent fixtures.
  • Installed new thermo-pane windows at Granite, New Hampshire and Mount Washington, and in the coaches’ offices at the Field House.
  • Instituted an Energy Star Purchasing Program for all appliances, refrigerators, washers, dryers, water heaters, heating & cooling equipment and vending machines.
  • Instituted a water conservation program that has installed low flow shower heads, faucet aerators and low flow toilets in all campus buildings.
  • Instituted a Four Day Work Week during the summer of 2008 which involved turning off or adjusting the A/C in all buildings. Also, employees saved some gasoline in their commute during this initiative.
  • Switched to Bio-Diesel – 20 % mixture for use in our shuttle bus, tractors and dump truck.
  • Washer-Dryers: MacGray Company supplies washer and dryer machines for students to do washing and drying within the dorms. All machines are energy star rated and front load washers use less water.
  • Glass, aluminum, all numbers of plastics, and all paper and cardboard are recycled at Franklin Pierce. Recycling bins are located throughout campus.
  • Kitchen oil: Baker Commodities is an environmentally focused green company, with over 100 years of experience in the rendering of used cooking oils. Baker recycles 100% of this material into bio-fuels.
  • Electronics: User-Friendly Recycling handles all recycling of computers and electronics for Franklin Pierce. There is no charge for this service.

Land Protection

Franklin Pierce University Land Resources Map

Franklin Pierce is one of only a handful of higher learning institutions to place permanent, legal restrictions on undeveloped land near campus. In 2005, a 46-acre parcel of wetlands and upland forest was protected with a conservation easement held by the Monadnock Conservancy Land Trust, creating a wildlife corridor connecting Pool Pond and Pearly Pond. Franklin Pierce received national recognition for these efforts by the National Wildlife Federation Campus Ecology program.

On the basis of a study by David Graham-Wolf for the Rindge Conservation Commission, a 300-acre parcel of land owned by Franklin Pierce was identified as having high-quality habitat and conservation value, and the Sustainability Council is working to protect additional land.


  • Energy Star Purchasing Policy: Franklin Pierce University's Energy Star Purchasing Program applies to all appliances, refrigerators, washers, dryers, water heaters, heating and cooling equipment, and vending machines.
  • Office Supplies: Franklin Pierce has contracted with W.B. Mason as its supplier of office supply products. Both the University and W.B. Mason strongly recommend the use of recycled items. All recycled items are branded with the recycled symbol. Last year the University used 35% of recycled items.








  • LVI, the commercial printer of our Admissions materials, has earned the Forest Stewardship Council’s Chain of Custody Certification for meeting international standards for environmentally responsible use of paper and other forest products.
  • All of our printers use a soy-based ink for printing. Compared to traditional petroleum-based ink, soy-based ink is more environmentally responsible and makes it easier to recycle paper.
  • Our Copy Center encourages double-sided copying. Photocopying jobs sent to the Copy Center use less energy and less ink than those that are done on smaller photocopiers around campus, so we encourage departments to send all copy jobs larger than 35 copies to the Copy Center.

Sodexo Food Services

Sustainability Actions

Sodexo and the Real Food Challenge, a student-led food justice organization, signed a Food Chain Transparency Agreement in 2013. Sodexo has designed innovative kitchen and dining hall management systems to reduce the amount of energy and water used in food storage and preparation, and to minimize waste. In addition to these larger corporate efforts, Sodexo at Franklin Pierce University has taken the following actions to promote sustainability:

Locally sourced foods

  • Sodexo has paired with Black River Produce to offer expanded selection of fresh produce, dairy, and prepared foods from Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, including many organic foods, fair-trade coffee, antibiotic-free poultry, and other foods. Locally- or regionally-grown produce reduces pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from processing, storing, and shipping, and supports a healthy regional agricultural community.
  • Sodexo participates in Food Day, Campus Sustainability Day, Earth Week, and other special events on campus to celebrate and promote local food.

Reducing solid waste

  • Trayless dining: After Sodexo and ECO Club studied the effect of trayless dining on the amount of food wasted and found that going trayless reduced food waste by 35%, Sodexo adopted trayless dining everyday. Food that is thrown in the garbage goes into the garbage disposal, then into waste water treatment system, where it must be treated at high cost in order to prevent pollution from entering Pearly Pond. Wasted food also represents wasted resources in growing, processing and shipping food, and wasted money.
  • Composting: Sodexo, Facilities and the Environmental Science Department have studied composting of pre-plate food waste. After a year of collecting data and identifying different systems of composting, the decision was made to do off-site composting when funds for pick-up and transportation become available. This was seen as cheaper and more beneficial than on-site composting, since local farmers would be able to use the compost at their farm. 
  • Changed from baskets of napkins to holders that dispense one at a time. One napkin-at-a-time dispensing provides up to a 25% reduction in napkin usage.  Napkins are made from 100% recycled fiber using a bleach-free process and 90% post-consumer content,  exceeding EPA guidelines for post-consumer content (minimum 40% post consumer content). 
  • Implemented a recycle mug program and eliminated disposable cups from cafe. Most catering paper goods have been changed to bio-degradable.


  • Changed to the Apex dishwashing system which is more eco-friendly and uses less packaging than the old system. Apex Power machine detergent is a low-phosphorus formula with only 7 grams of plastic packaging. Sodexo could save an estimated 125,000 lbs. of plastic production and waste, based on Sodexo’s 2007 detergent volumes.The Apex system not only features non-caustic, low-phosphorus* chemistry, but a data collection and reporting feature that helps Sodexo staff operate dish machines more efficiently—often by 10% or higher. This operational efficiency translates into a significant savings of water and energy.

For detailed information on Sodexo's commitment to sustainability and the environment watch their video.