Sustainability at Franklin Pierce

Actions Taken

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

The following table presents data about the reduction in carbon footprint since 2005:
Data about greenhouse gas-producing activities

Download our 2010 Sustainability Report Card  PDF .



Wood pellet storage and boilerConversion to wood pellet energy is our newest and most exciting initiative. We started the first phase of replacing our fossil fuel boilers with wood pellet boilers for heating campus buildings. This will save 49,000 gallons of oil per year, reducing greenhouse gas production by 493 metric tones of eCO2, and 109,000 gallons of propane per year, reducing greenhouse gas production by 618 metric tonnes of eCO2 (Carbon dioxide equivalents). This reduces FPU’s greenhouse gas production by 1111 mT eCO2, or 13%!

Read the Feb. 2009 Manchester Union Leader article  PDF  for more details about this project.

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.
  • Soda Machines: Pepsi soda machines are energy star rated. The graphic lights have been shut down to reduce electricity and the compressor cycles off when not in uses.
  • 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.


Environmental Services

  • Switched to greener cleaning products and unbleached paper towels in all bathrooms and labs



  • Glass, aluminum, plastic #1, #2, and all paper and cardboard are recycled at Franklin Pierce. 72 tons of these materials were recycled in 2007-08, roughly 20% of the total solid waste. Recycling bins are located throughout campus. Recyclable materials are picked up by the student-led Recycling Team, and take to the storage containers behind the Facilities building. Recycling dumpsters are collected by Monadnock Disposal Services.
    Learn more about how you can recycle at Franklin Pierce University.
  • 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. Baker Commodities is currently paying forty cents per gallon for our cooking oil.
  • Computer & 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 MapFranklin Pierce is one of only a handful of institutions of higher learning to place permanent, legal restrictions on undeveloped land near campus. In 2005, a 46-acre parcel of wetlands and upland forest, creating a wildlife corridor connecting Pool Pond and Pearly Pond, was protected with a conservation easement, which is held by the Monadnock Conservancy Land Trust. The Institution was recognized for these efforts by the National Wildlife Federation Campus Ecology program.

These efforts continue, on a larger scale. 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.



  • Energy Star purchasing policy: Instituted an Energy Star Purchasing Program for all appliances, refrigerators, washers, dryers, water heaters, heating & cooling equipment and vending machines.
  • Office Supplies: Franklin Pierce has contracted with W.B. Mason as it’s 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 Admission flyers and view book 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 friendly 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

Franklin Pierce University is contracted with Sodexo Food Services. 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. At Franjklin Pierce University, Sodexo has taken the following actions to promote sustainability:

Locally-grown food

  • Although Sodexo buys from large distributors that can provide safety practices and insurance to help eliminate the spread of any food borne illness outbreaks, these distributors purchase products from local vendors.
  • In 2007-08, Sodexo at Franklin Pierce purchased more than 65 different kinds of fruits and vegetables from local farmers, mostly in Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Much of this was also organic. Locally- or regionally-grown produce reduces pollution from shipping, and supports a healthy agricultural community.

Reducing solid waste

  • Changed from individual bottled condiments to bulk pumps.
  • 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, with ittle or no styrofoam!
  • Going trayless: Sodexo and the ECO Club have studied the effect of removing trays on the amount of food wasted. Patrons using trays, threw away 0.186 lb per person on a normal day, and 0.122 lb per person on a trayless day. Food that is thrown in the garbage goes into the garbage disposal, then into wastewater 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!  Sodexo does not plan on going completely trayless in the immediate future, because of concerns related to dishwashing.
  • Composting: Sodexo, Facilities and the Environmental Science Dept. 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. (post-plate waste must be heated to kill any germs, and therefore must be shipped to special facilities).


  • 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 visit the company's web site or watch their video.