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  • Scattergood utilizes numerous sustainability practices from solar energy to organic growing.
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As a community of environmentally concerned individuals, we strive towards greater sustainability. We look towards increasing our efforts on sustainable living so that we may evoke wider conversations about future innovations and inspire inquiry.  On the main campus, we produce a percentage of our electricity through our solar panels, sustain campus-wide recycling efforts, compost kitchen scraps, and employ a natural means of diverting water from our Science building though use of a rain garden and rain collection barrel. Check out our initiatives, and help us achieve our bigger dreams!

Solar Energy:
In 2010, Scattergood was awarded a Sun4Schools grant from the National Center for Appropriate Technology which installed solar PV panels on our gym roof.  We have capacity for more solar panels to be installed in the near future.  The current panels contribute to a bi-directional meter that supplies partial power to three buildings.   Click here to see daily output: sunnyportal.com

Wind Energy:
Cornell College, the University of Iowa College of Engineering and Facilities Management and Scattergood participated in wind data collection on our campus starting in May of 2007. UI Power Plant staff and Anemometry Specialists installed two anemometers at 80 Meters (262 ft) on the communications tower on campus. The anemometers provided wind data information to the UI and Scattergood, and as a result, we have determined that Scattergood is a viable site to erect a commercial grade wind turbine. We encourage possible partners to contact us for the next stage of the project which is to erect a wind turbine on campus, big enough to supply us with the majority of our energy needs.

Organic Soil and Garden Practices:
The Scattergood Farm grows on 10 organically certified acres, as recognized through the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. Certification requires detailed planning on fertility maintenance and soil health, pest controls and remediation, and careful record keeping of all farm inputs. A 1500 gallon rain barrel, attained through the Green Schools Grant, collects water from the barn and is used for irrigation purposes. We also utilize a fallow period and plant cover crops to build organic matter. Straw mulch is used on our gardens, rather than plastic, and we leave wildlife areas to serve as housing for wild pollinators.

Livestock Best Practices:
The vast majority of our animals are grass-finished rather than fed grain, and we conserve fuel resources used to make hay by stockpiling and winter grazing. Our animals are hardy breeds as well as heritage breeds; we breed Guinea Hogs, a designated endangered breed, as well as heritage sheep breeds. Low-stress animal handling techniques are utilized, and we do not administer routine antibiotics, worming, hormones or any other medications. When our students eat beef or pork, we know exactly what they are eating. Sheep are used in place of lawn mowers on the farm, and we do not use chemical fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides on our acres of produce and pasture. We regularly practice rotational grazing, to build soil and keep a diverse and healthy sward.

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As a community of environmentally concerned individuals, we strive towards greater sustainability. We look towards increasing our efforts on sustainable living so that we may evoke wider conversations about future innovations and inspire inquiry.  On the main campus, we produce a percentage of our electricity through our solar panels, sustain campus-wide recycling efforts, compost kitchen scraps, and employ a natural means of diverting water from our Science building though use of a rain garden and rain collection barrel. Check out our initiatives, and help us achieve our bigger dreams!

Solar Energy:
In 2010, Scattergood was awarded a Sun4Schools grant from the National Center for Appropriate Technology which installed solar PV panels on our gym roof.  We have capacity for more solar panels to be installed in the near future.  The current panels contribute to a bi-directional meter that supplies partial power to three buildings.   Click here to see daily output: sunnyportal.com

Wind Energy:
Cornell College, the University of Iowa College of Engineering and Facilities Management and Scattergood participated in wind data collection on our campus starting in May of 2007. UI Power Plant staff and Anemometry Specialists installed two anemometers at 80 Meters (262 ft) on the communications tower on campus. The anemometers provided wind data information to the UI and Scattergood, and as a result, we have determined that Scattergood is a viable site to erect a commercial grade wind turbine. We encourage possible partners to contact us for the next stage of the project which is to erect a wind turbine on campus, big enough to supply us with the majority of our energy needs.

Organic Soil and Garden Practices:
The Scattergood Farm grows on 10 organically certified acres, as recognized through the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. Certification requires detailed planning on fertility maintenance and soil health, pest controls and remediation, and careful record keeping of all farm inputs. A 1500 gallon rain barrel, attained through the Green Schools Grant, collects water from the barn and is used for irrigation purposes. We also utilize a fallow period and plant cover crops to build organic matter. Straw mulch is used on our gardens, rather than plastic, and we leave wildlife areas to serve as housing for wild pollinators.

Livestock Best Practices:
The vast majority of our animals are grass-finished rather than fed grain, and we conserve fuel resources used to make hay by stockpiling and winter grazing. Our animals are hardy breeds as well as heritage breeds; we breed Guinea Hogs, a designated endangered breed, as well as heritage sheep breeds. Low-stress animal handling techniques are utilized, and we do not administer routine antibiotics, worming, hormones or any other medications. When our students eat beef or pork, we know exactly what they are eating. Sheep are used in place of lawn mowers on the farm, and we do not use chemical fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides on our acres of produce and pasture. We regularly practice rotational grazing, to build soil and keep a diverse and healthy sward.

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As a community of environmentally concerned individuals, we strive towards greater sustainability. We look towards increasing our efforts on sustainable living so that we may evoke wider conversations about future innovations and inspire inquiry.  On the main campus, we produce a percentage of our electricity through our solar panels, sustain campus-wide recycling efforts, compost kitchen scraps, and employ a natural means of diverting water from our Science building though use of a rain garden and rain collection barrel. Check out our initiatives, and help us achieve our bigger dreams!

Solar Energy:
In 2010, Scattergood was awarded a Sun4Schools grant from the National Center for Appropriate Technology which installed solar PV panels on our gym roof.  We have capacity for more solar panels to be installed in the near future.  The current panels contribute to a bi-directional meter that supplies partial power to three buildings.   Click here to see daily output: sunnyportal.com

Wind Energy:
Cornell College, the University of Iowa College of Engineering and Facilities Management and Scattergood participated in wind data collection on our campus starting in May of 2007. UI Power Plant staff and Anemometry Specialists installed two anemometers at 80 Meters (262 ft) on the communications tower on campus. The anemometers provided wind data information to the UI and Scattergood, and as a result, we have determined that Scattergood is a viable site to erect a commercial grade wind turbine. We encourage possible partners to contact us for the next stage of the project which is to erect a wind turbine on campus, big enough to supply us with the majority of our energy needs.

Organic Soil and Garden Practices:
The Scattergood Farm grows on 10 organically certified acres, as recognized through the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. Certification requires detailed planning on fertility maintenance and soil health, pest controls and remediation, and careful record keeping of all farm inputs. A 1500 gallon rain barrel, attained through the Green Schools Grant, collects water from the barn and is used for irrigation purposes. We also utilize a fallow period and plant cover crops to build organic matter. Straw mulch is used on our gardens, rather than plastic, and we leave wildlife areas to serve as housing for wild pollinators.

Livestock Best Practices:
The vast majority of our animals are grass-finished rather than fed grain, and we conserve fuel resources used to make hay by stockpiling and winter grazing. Our animals are hardy breeds as well as heritage breeds; we breed Guinea Hogs, a designated endangered breed, as well as heritage sheep breeds. Low-stress animal handling techniques are utilized, and we do not administer routine antibiotics, worming, hormones or any other medications. When our students eat beef or pork, we know exactly what they are eating. Sheep are used in place of lawn mowers on the farm, and we do not use chemical fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides on our acres of produce and pasture. We regularly practice rotational grazing, to build soil and keep a diverse and healthy sward.

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Solar Energy:
In 2010, Scattergood was awarded a Sun4Schools grant from the National Center for Appropriate Technology which installed solar PV panels on our gym roof.  We have capacity for more solar panels to be installed in the near future.  The current panels contribute to a bi-directional meter that supplies partial power to three buildings.   Click here to see daily output: sunnyportal.com

Wind Energy:
Cornell College, the University of Iowa College of Engineering and Facilities Management and Scattergood participated in wind data collection on our campus starting in May of 2007. UI Power Plant staff and Anemometry Specialists installed two anemometers at 80 Meters (262 ft) on the communications tower on campus. The anemometers provided wind data information to the UI and Scattergood, and as a result, we have determined that Scattergood is a viable site to erect a commercial grade wind turbine. We encourage possible partners to contact us for the next stage of the project which is to erect a wind turbine on campus, big enough to supply us with the majority of our energy needs.

Organic Soil and Garden Practices:
The Scattergood Farm grows on 10 organically certified acres, as recognized through the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. Certification requires detailed planning on fertility maintenance and soil health, pest controls and remediation, and careful record keeping of all farm inputs. A 1500 gallon rain barrel, attained through the Green Schools Grant, collects water from the barn and is used for irrigation purposes. We also utilize a fallow period and plant cover crops to build organic matter. Straw mulch is used on our gardens, rather than plastic, and we leave wildlife areas to serve as housing for wild pollinators.

Livestock Best Practices:
The vast majority of our animals are grass-finished rather than fed grain, and we conserve fuel resources used to make hay by stockpiling and winter grazing. Our animals are hardy breeds as well as heritage breeds; we breed Guinea Hogs, a designated endangered breed, as well as heritage sheep breeds. Low-stress animal handling techniques are utilized, and we do not administer routine antibiotics, worming, hormones or any other medications. When our students eat beef or pork, we know exactly what they are eating. Sheep are used in place of lawn mowers on the farm, and we do not use chemical fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides on our acres of produce and pasture. We regularly practice rotational grazing, to build soil and keep a diverse and healthy sward.

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Solar Energy:
In 2010, Scattergood was awarded a Sun4Schools grant from the National Center for Appropriate Technology which installed solar PV panels on our gym roof.  We have capacity for more solar panels to be installed in the near future.  The current panels contribute to a bi-directional meter that supplies partial power to three buildings.   Click here to see daily output: sunnyportal.com

Wind Energy:
Cornell College, the University of Iowa College of Engineering and Facilities Management and Scattergood participated in wind data collection on our campus starting in May of 2007. UI Power Plant staff and Anemometry Specialists installed two anemometers at 80 Meters (262 ft) on the communications tower on campus. The anemometers provided wind data information to the UI and Scattergood, and as a result, we have determined that Scattergood is a viable site to erect a commercial grade wind turbine. We encourage possible partners to contact us for the next stage of the project which is to erect a wind turbine on campus, big enough to supply us with the majority of our energy needs.

Organic Soil and Garden Practices:
The Scattergood Farm grows on 10 organically certified acres, as recognized through the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. Certification requires detailed planning on fertility maintenance and soil health, pest controls and remediation, and careful record keeping of all farm inputs. A 1500 gallon rain barrel, attained through the Green Schools Grant, collects water from the barn and is used for irrigation purposes. We also utilize a fallow period and plant cover crops to build organic matter. Straw mulch is used on our gardens, rather than plastic, and we leave wildlife areas to serve as housing for wild pollinators.

Livestock Best Practices:
The vast majority of our animals are grass-finished rather than fed grain, and we conserve fuel resources used to make hay by stockpiling and winter grazing. Our animals are hardy breeds as well as heritage breeds; we breed Guinea Hogs, a designated endangered breed, as well as heritage sheep breeds. Low-stress animal handling techniques are utilized, and we do not administer routine antibiotics, worming, hormones or any other medications. When our students eat beef or pork, we know exactly what they are eating. Sheep are used in place of lawn mowers on the farm, and we do not use chemical fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides on our acres of produce and pasture. We regularly practice rotational grazing, to build soil and keep a diverse and healthy sward.

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As a community of environmentally concerned individuals, we strive towards greater sustainability. We look towards increasing our efforts on sustainable living so that we may evoke wider conversations about future innovations and inspire inquiry.  On the main campus, we produce a percentage of our electricity through our solar panels, sustain campus-wide recycling efforts, compost kitchen scraps, and employ a natural means of diverting water from our Science building though use of a rain garden and rain collection barrel. Check out our initiatives, and help us achieve our bigger dreams!

Solar Energy:
In 2010, Scattergood was awarded a Sun4Schools grant from the National Center for Appropriate Technology which installed solar PV panels on our gym roof.  We have capacity for more solar panels to be installed in the near future.  The current panels contribute to a bi-directional meter that supplies partial power to three buildings.   Click here to see daily output: sunnyportal.com

Wind Energy:
Cornell College, the University of Iowa College of Engineering and Facilities Management and Scattergood participated in wind data collection on our campus starting in May of 2007. UI Power Plant staff and Anemometry Specialists installed two anemometers at 80 Meters (262 ft) on the communications tower on campus. The anemometers provided wind data information to the UI and Scattergood, and as a result, we have determined that Scattergood is a viable site to erect a commercial grade wind turbine. We encourage possible partners to contact us for the next stage of the project which is to erect a wind turbine on campus, big enough to supply us with the majority of our energy needs.

Organic Soil and Garden Practices:
The Scattergood Farm grows on 10 organically certified acres, as recognized through the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. Certification requires detailed planning on fertility maintenance and soil health, pest controls and remediation, and careful record keeping of all farm inputs. A 1500 gallon rain barrel, attained through the Green Schools Grant, collects water from the barn and is used for irrigation purposes. We also utilize a fallow period and plant cover crops to build organic matter. Straw mulch is used on our gardens, rather than plastic, and we leave wildlife areas to serve as housing for wild pollinators.

Livestock Best Practices:
The vast majority of our animals are grass-finished rather than fed grain, and we conserve fuel resources used to make hay by stockpiling and winter grazing. Our animals are hardy breeds as well as heritage breeds; we breed Guinea Hogs, a designated endangered breed, as well as heritage sheep breeds. Low-stress animal handling techniques are utilized, and we do not administer routine antibiotics, worming, hormones or any other medications. When our students eat beef or pork, we know exactly what they are eating. Sheep are used in place of lawn mowers on the farm, and we do not use chemical fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides on our acres of produce and pasture. We regularly practice rotational grazing, to build soil and keep a diverse and healthy sward.

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Solar Energy:
In 2010, Scattergood was awarded a Sun4Schools grant from the National Center for Appropriate Technology which installed solar PV panels on our gym roof.  We have capacity for more solar panels to be installed in the near future.  The current panels contribute to a bi-directional meter that supplies partial power to three buildings.   Click here to see daily output: sunnyportal.com

Wind Energy:
Cornell College, the University of Iowa College of Engineering and Facilities Management and Scattergood participated in wind data collection on our campus starting in May of 2007. UI Power Plant staff and Anemometry Specialists installed two anemometers at 80 Meters (262 ft) on the communications tower on campus. The anemometers provided wind data information to the UI and Scattergood, and as a result, we have determined that Scattergood is a viable site to erect a commercial grade wind turbine. We encourage possible partners to contact us for the next stage of the project which is to erect a wind turbine on campus, big enough to supply us with the majority of our energy needs.

Organic Soil and Garden Practices:
The Scattergood Farm grows on 10 organically certified acres, as recognized through the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. Certification requires detailed planning on fertility maintenance and soil health, pest controls and remediation, and careful record keeping of all farm inputs. A 1500 gallon rain barrel, attained through the Green Schools Grant, collects water from the barn and is used for irrigation purposes. We also utilize a fallow period and plant cover crops to build organic matter. Straw mulch is used on our gardens, rather than plastic, and we leave wildlife areas to serve as housing for wild pollinators.

Livestock Best Practices:
The vast majority of our animals are grass-finished rather than fed grain, and we conserve fuel resources used to make hay by stockpiling and winter grazing. Our animals are hardy breeds as well as heritage breeds; we breed Guinea Hogs, a designated endangered breed, as well as heritage sheep breeds. Low-stress animal handling techniques are utilized, and we do not administer routine antibiotics, worming, hormones or any other medications. When our students eat beef or pork, we know exactly what they are eating. Sheep are used in place of lawn mowers on the farm, and we do not use chemical fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides on our acres of produce and pasture. We regularly practice rotational grazing, to build soil and keep a diverse and healthy sward.

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As a community of environmentally concerned individuals, we strive towards greater sustainability. We look towards increasing our efforts on sustainable living so that we may evoke wider conversations about future innovations and inspire inquiry.  On the main campus, we produce a percentage of our electricity through our solar panels, sustain campus-wide recycling efforts, compost kitchen scraps, and employ a natural means of diverting water from our Science building though use of a rain garden and rain collection barrel. Check out our initiatives, and help us achieve our bigger dreams!

Solar Energy:
In 2010, Scattergood was awarded a Sun4Schools grant from the National Center for Appropriate Technology which installed solar PV panels on our gym roof.  We have capacity for more solar panels to be installed in the near future.  The current panels contribute to a bi-directional meter that supplies partial power to three buildings.   Click here to see daily output: sunnyportal.com

Wind Energy:
Cornell College, the University of Iowa College of Engineering and Facilities Management and Scattergood participated in wind data collection on our campus starting in May of 2007. UI Power Plant staff and Anemometry Specialists installed two anemometers at 80 Meters (262 ft) on the communications tower on campus. The anemometers provided wind data information to the UI and Scattergood, and as a result, we have determined that Scattergood is a viable site to erect a commercial grade wind turbine. We encourage possible partners to contact us for the next stage of the project which is to erect a wind turbine on campus, big enough to supply us with the majority of our energy needs.

Organic Soil and Garden Practices:
The Scattergood Farm grows on 10 organically certified acres, as recognized through the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. Certification requires detailed planning on fertility maintenance and soil health, pest controls and remediation, and careful record keeping of all farm inputs. A 1500 gallon rain barrel, attained through the Green Schools Grant, collects water from the barn and is used for irrigation purposes. We also utilize a fallow period and plant cover crops to build organic matter. Straw mulch is used on our gardens, rather than plastic, and we leave wildlife areas to serve as housing for wild pollinators.

Livestock Best Practices:
The vast majority of our animals are grass-finished rather than fed grain, and we conserve fuel resources used to make hay by stockpiling and winter grazing. Our animals are hardy breeds as well as heritage breeds; we breed Guinea Hogs, a designated endangered breed, as well as heritage sheep breeds. Low-stress animal handling techniques are utilized, and we do not administer routine antibiotics, worming, hormones or any other medications. When our students eat beef or pork, we know exactly what they are eating. Sheep are used in place of lawn mowers on the farm, and we do not use chemical fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides on our acres of produce and pasture. We regularly practice rotational grazing, to build soil and keep a diverse and healthy sward.

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As a community of environmentally concerned individuals, we strive towards greater sustainability. We look towards increasing our efforts on sustainable living so that we may evoke wider conversations about future innovations and inspire inquiry.  On the main campus, we produce a percentage of our electricity through our solar panels, sustain campus-wide recycling efforts, compost kitchen scraps, and employ a natural means of diverting water from our Science building though use of a rain garden and rain collection barrel. Check out our initiatives, and help us achieve our bigger dreams!

Solar Energy:
In 2010, Scattergood was awarded a Sun4Schools grant from the National Center for Appropriate Technology which installed solar PV panels on our gym roof.  We have capacity for more solar panels to be installed in the near future.  The current panels contribute to a bi-directional meter that supplies partial power to three buildings.   Click here to see daily output: sunnyportal.com

Wind Energy:
Cornell College, the University of Iowa College of Engineering and Facilities Management and Scattergood participated in wind data collection on our campus starting in May of 2007. UI Power Plant staff and Anemometry Specialists installed two anemometers at 80 Meters (262 ft) on the communications tower on campus. The anemometers provided wind data information to the UI and Scattergood, and as a result, we have determined that Scattergood is a viable site to erect a commercial grade wind turbine. We encourage possible partners to contact us for the next stage of the project which is to erect a wind turbine on campus, big enough to supply us with the majority of our energy needs.

Organic Soil and Garden Practices:
The Scattergood Farm grows on 10 organically certified acres, as recognized through the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. Certification requires detailed planning on fertility maintenance and soil health, pest controls and remediation, and careful record keeping of all farm inputs. A 1500 gallon rain barrel, attained through the Green Schools Grant, collects water from the barn and is used for irrigation purposes. We also utilize a fallow period and plant cover crops to build organic matter. Straw mulch is used on our gardens, rather than plastic, and we leave wildlife areas to serve as housing for wild pollinators.

Livestock Best Practices:
The vast majority of our animals are grass-finished rather than fed grain, and we conserve fuel resources used to make hay by stockpiling and winter grazing. Our animals are hardy breeds as well as heritage breeds; we breed Guinea Hogs, a designated endangered breed, as well as heritage sheep breeds. Low-stress animal handling techniques are utilized, and we do not administer routine antibiotics, worming, hormones or any other medications. When our students eat beef or pork, we know exactly what they are eating. Sheep are used in place of lawn mowers on the farm, and we do not use chemical fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides on our acres of produce and pasture. We regularly practice rotational grazing, to build soil and keep a diverse and healthy sward.

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As a community of environmentally concerned individuals, we strive towards greater sustainability. We look towards increasing our efforts on sustainable living so that we may evoke wider conversations about future innovations and inspire inquiry.  On the main campus, we produce a percentage of our electricity through our solar panels, sustain campus-wide recycling efforts, compost kitchen scraps, and employ a natural means of diverting water from our Science building though use of a rain garden and rain collection barrel. Check out our initiatives, and help us achieve our bigger dreams!

Solar Energy:
In 2010, Scattergood was awarded a Sun4Schools grant from the National Center for Appropriate Technology which installed solar PV panels on our gym roof.  We have capacity for more solar panels to be installed in the near future.  The current panels contribute to a bi-directional meter that supplies partial power to three buildings.   Click here to see daily output: sunnyportal.com

Wind Energy:
Cornell College, the University of Iowa College of Engineering and Facilities Management and Scattergood participated in wind data collection on our campus starting in May of 2007. UI Power Plant staff and Anemometry Specialists installed two anemometers at 80 Meters (262 ft) on the communications tower on campus. The anemometers provided wind data information to the UI and Scattergood, and as a result, we have determined that Scattergood is a viable site to erect a commercial grade wind turbine. We encourage possible partners to contact us for the next stage of the project which is to erect a wind turbine on campus, big enough to supply us with the majority of our energy needs.

Organic Soil and Garden Practices:
The Scattergood Farm grows on 10 organically certified acres, as recognized through the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. Certification requires detailed planning on fertility maintenance and soil health, pest controls and remediation, and careful record keeping of all farm inputs. A 1500 gallon rain barrel, attained through the Green Schools Grant, collects water from the barn and is used for irrigation purposes. We also utilize a fallow period and plant cover crops to build organic matter. Straw mulch is used on our gardens, rather than plastic, and we leave wildlife areas to serve as housing for wild pollinators.

Livestock Best Practices:
The vast majority of our animals are grass-finished rather than fed grain, and we conserve fuel resources used to make hay by stockpiling and winter grazing. Our animals are hardy breeds as well as heritage breeds; we breed Guinea Hogs, a designated endangered breed, as well as heritage sheep breeds. Low-stress animal handling techniques are utilized, and we do not administer routine antibiotics, worming, hormones or any other medications. When our students eat beef or pork, we know exactly what they are eating. Sheep are used in place of lawn mowers on the farm, and we do not use chemical fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides on our acres of produce and pasture. We regularly practice rotational grazing, to build soil and keep a diverse and healthy sward.

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As a community of environmentally concerned individuals, we strive towards greater sustainability. We look towards increasing our efforts on sustainable living so that we may evoke wider conversations about future innovations and inspire inquiry.  On the main campus, we produce a percentage of our electricity through our solar panels, sustain campus-wide recycling efforts, compost kitchen scraps, and employ a natural means of diverting water from our Science building though use of a rain garden and rain collection barrel. Check out our initiatives, and help us achieve our bigger dreams!

Solar Energy:
In 2010, Scattergood was awarded a Sun4Schools grant from the National Center for Appropriate Technology which installed solar PV panels on our gym roof.  We have capacity for more solar panels to be installed in the near future.  The current panels contribute to a bi-directional meter that supplies partial power to three buildings.   Click here to see daily output: sunnyportal.com

Wind Energy:
Cornell College, the University of Iowa College of Engineering and Facilities Management and Scattergood participated in wind data collection on our campus starting in May of 2007. UI Power Plant staff and Anemometry Specialists installed two anemometers at 80 Meters (262 ft) on the communications tower on campus. The anemometers provided wind data information to the UI and Scattergood, and as a result, we have determined that Scattergood is a viable site to erect a commercial grade wind turbine. We encourage possible partners to contact us for the next stage of the project which is to erect a wind turbine on campus, big enough to supply us with the majority of our energy needs.

Organic Soil and Garden Practices:
The Scattergood Farm grows on 10 organically certified acres, as recognized through the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. Certification requires detailed planning on fertility maintenance and soil health, pest controls and remediation, and careful record keeping of all farm inputs. A 1500 gallon rain barrel, attained through the Green Schools Grant, collects water from the barn and is used for irrigation purposes. We also utilize a fallow period and plant cover crops to build organic matter. Straw mulch is used on our gardens, rather than plastic, and we leave wildlife areas to serve as housing for wild pollinators.

Livestock Best Practices:
The vast majority of our animals are grass-finished rather than fed grain, and we conserve fuel resources used to make hay by stockpiling and winter grazing. Our animals are hardy breeds as well as heritage breeds; we breed Guinea Hogs, a designated endangered breed, as well as heritage sheep breeds. Low-stress animal handling techniques are utilized, and we do not administer routine antibiotics, worming, hormones or any other medications. When our students eat beef or pork, we know exactly what they are eating. Sheep are used in place of lawn mowers on the farm, and we do not use chemical fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides on our acres of produce and pasture. We regularly practice rotational grazing, to build soil and keep a diverse and healthy sward.

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As a community of environmentally concerned individuals, we strive towards greater sustainability. We look towards increasing our efforts on sustainable living so that we may evoke wider conversations about future innovations and inspire inquiry.  On the main campus, we produce a percentage of our electricity through our solar panels, sustain campus-wide recycling efforts, compost kitchen scraps, and employ a natural means of diverting water from our Science building though use of a rain garden and rain collection barrel. Check out our initiatives, and help us achieve our bigger dreams!

Solar Energy:
In 2010, Scattergood was awarded a Sun4Schools grant from the National Center for Appropriate Technology which installed solar PV panels on our gym roof.  We have capacity for more solar panels to be installed in the near future.  The current panels contribute to a bi-directional meter that supplies partial power to three buildings.   Click here to see daily output: sunnyportal.com

Wind Energy:
Cornell College, the University of Iowa College of Engineering and Facilities Management and Scattergood participated in wind data collection on our campus starting in May of 2007. UI Power Plant staff and Anemometry Specialists installed two anemometers at 80 Meters (262 ft) on the communications tower on campus. The anemometers provided wind data information to the UI and Scattergood, and as a result, we have determined that Scattergood is a viable site to erect a commercial grade wind turbine. We encourage possible partners to contact us for the next stage of the project which is to erect a wind turbine on campus, big enough to supply us with the majority of our energy needs.

Organic Soil and Garden Practices:
The Scattergood Farm grows on 10 organically certified acres, as recognized through the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. Certification requires detailed planning on fertility maintenance and soil health, pest controls and remediation, and careful record keeping of all farm inputs. A 1500 gallon rain barrel, attained through the Green Schools Grant, collects water from the barn and is used for irrigation purposes. We also utilize a fallow period and plant cover crops to build organic matter. Straw mulch is used on our gardens, rather than plastic, and we leave wildlife areas to serve as housing for wild pollinators.

Livestock Best Practices:
The vast majority of our animals are grass-finished rather than fed grain, and we conserve fuel resources used to make hay by stockpiling and winter grazing. Our animals are hardy breeds as well as heritage breeds; we breed Guinea Hogs, a designated endangered breed, as well as heritage sheep breeds. Low-stress animal handling techniques are utilized, and we do not administer routine antibiotics, worming, hormones or any other medications. When our students eat beef or pork, we know exactly what they are eating. Sheep are used in place of lawn mowers on the farm, and we do not use chemical fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides on our acres of produce and pasture. We regularly practice rotational grazing, to build soil and keep a diverse and healthy sward.