Recycling and Conservation


DSCF1443At Lord Fairfax Community College we are continually researching ways that we can do our part to improve the environment. Through recycling and conservation, the College community can significantly reduce its environmental footprint. 

Did you know…

  • Recycling a four-foot stack of newspapers saves the equivalent of one 40-foot fir tree?
  • Every glass bottle recycled saves enough energy to light a 100-watt light bulb for four hours?
  • Making cans from recycled aluminum saves 95 percent of the energy required to produce cans from virgin material?
  • Americans throw away enough aluminum to rebuild the entire commercial airline fleet every three months?

While these facts are alarming, we all can do our part to make a difference. That is why LFCC takes the necessary steps to ensure that as a College community we are doing our part to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.


recycle-leafThe College offers the means and methods for the LFCC community to recycle the following items:

  • Paper
  • Plastic
  • Aluminum
  • Newspaper
  • Cardboard
  • Stretch Film (plastic bags)

In addition, the College recycles the following items used in its daily operations:

  • Batteries
  • Flourescent Light Bulbs
  • Ink Cartridges


LFCC has improved various business practices in regards to facility use in order to reduce and conserve. In 2007, LFCC contracted the services of an energy efficiency company, TAC, which has provided upgrades to the following:

  • Reduction in the use of electricity and natural gas at the Fauquier Campus through the upgrade of the HVAC system.
  • Reduction in water usage at the Middletown Campus by installing new toilets and flush valves that are designed to operate with less water.
  • Reduction in electricity usage by vending machine through the installation of Watt Misers.
  • Reduction in energy usage during non peak hours by installing new digital controls for the HVAC units in the Alson H. Smith Jr. Technology Center.
  • The College has recently virtualized its email servers. The virtualization of these 14 servers will save an estimated 98,000 KWh of electricity per year and 56 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year.

It is our hope to ingrain the importance of environmental conservation into the College’s culture and to continue to find new ways to contribute.

“No institutions in modern society are better equipped to catalyze the necessary transition to a sustainable world than colleges and universities. They have access to the leaders of tomorrow and the leaders of today. What they do matters to the wider public.”

David W. Orr, The Last Refuge, 2004

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Have ideas and suggestions? 

Please contact Anastasia Triplett at to offer any tips or suggestions that might help make LFCC green!

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