Students worked over the summer and fall of 2011 to complete a new solar kiln that the forestry crew will use for years to come. The kiln, the design of which was based off of the kiln built at Virginia Tech, will be used to dry lumber milled by the crew on campus. In the past, lumber produced by the crew was transported and dried using fossil fuels. Now, these non-renewable energy sources can be eliminated from the process. Funds for the kiln were generously provided through a gift from the Tavener Family Foundation.