Unity College Undergoing Changes 

Joy Hollowell

Going green is going to be a whole lot easier for students and faculty at Unity College this fall.As Joy Hollowell shows us, the school is renovating a number of buildings in its continuing effort to promote environmental consciousness.===Just days after graduation last spring, construction crews began working on about 30 improvement projects at Unity College, the most ever done in one summer by the school.”Before we started this project, (the Student Activities Center) was a masonry building with some faded block walls,” says Dan LaForge, Director of Facilities for Unity College. “What we’ve done is we installed a spray foam installation onto the exterior of the building, which should give us an R value of between 13 and 20.”Considering this is the largest and therefore biggest energy consuming building on campus, that’s a win-win for the approximately 600 students enrolled for the fall semester.”We are the first college in the country to divest for fossil fuels in our endowment,” says Melik Peter Khoury, Senior Vice President for External Affairs at Unity College. “We are the first college to adopt as an entire college, the concept of sustainability science as defined by the academy.”This reputation has attracted a steady increase of students over the years. And lately, that includes internationally.”We’ve really just started to kind of have that discussion about with our mission being a very environmentally focused college,” says Khoury. “It’s not just a U.S. based problem, it’s a world wide problem.”Three new science labs as well as updated signs will be among the changes greeting students at the end of next month. Paving the path for what the school believes is a generation destined for greatness.”Since 1965, we have been basically changing lives,” says Khoury. “Our students don’t just graduate to get jobs, they go into careers that really impact the world as we know it.”+++Unity College was among four schools in Maine recently recognized as a College of Distinction. The national award is given to those that excel in four areas- engaging students, great teachers, successful outcomes and vibrant communities. The University of Maine at Fort Kent, Machias and Farmington also received the honors.