Gettysburg College is dedicated to making sustainable choices in many of its infrastructure decisions. The College’s dedication to sustainability is fully demonstrated in its inclusion in Gettysburg College’s Strategic Directives, under Goal Six. This goal calls for the establishment of a sustainability program for the campus, to more fully engage campus community members in matters of sustainability.
The goal highlights implementation strategies such as expanded educational programming for faculty, students, and staff regarding environmental awareness and responsibility, the development of more eco-friendly campus protocols and operations, and the creation of green design standards for future construction and renovation projects.
Furthermore, the College is interested in energy conservation, as demonstrated in its dedication to purchasing and installing ENERGYSTAR rated appliances in all buildings. Likewise, compact florescent bulbs are present in all academic buildings and residence halls, reducing the amount of electricity needed to light each individual room. These energy conservation initiatives have led Gettysburg College to utilize less energy than other similar sized institutions.
In addition to energy production and conservation, Gettysburg College is also very interested in decreasing campus water use. This dedication is reflected in actual campus institutional designs and changes and has been showing real results. From 1996 to 2008 water use on campus decreased despite the building of new academic halls and an increase in the number of students. However, with the construction of the Jaeger Center for Athletics, Recreation and Fitness in 2009, campus water consumption increased. This increase is largely due to the construction of an eight-lane pool as well as another smaller warm-up pool. However, since the completion of the Jaeger Center, the College’s water consumption has started to decrease once again.
These decreases are the result of Gettysburg College’s water conservation efforts, which include low-flow restroom fixtures, high-efficiency washing machines and other appliances, and pulping equipment in the Dining Center. This pulper removes solids from dishwashing water and compresses them, meanwhile the water is recycled back into the machine for continued use; this process dramatically reduces the Dining Hall’s water use and solid waste volume.
The Information Technology (IT) Department has also been working towards reducing the College’s energy consumption. For the past four years The IT Department has worked to virtualize many of Gettysburg College’s servers; virtualizing servers allows three or four servers to run on a single machine. In comparison, a typical server each requires its own machine. With fewer machines in the server room, energy input and heat generation are greatly reduced.
Currently, Gettysburg College operates 130 physical servers (servers with machines) with an additional 48 virtual servers utilizing those machines as well. Without the virtual servers, the College's server machine count would be approximately 180.
As older server machines expire, and as companies allow, the IT Department virtualizes more and more servers, further reducing energy loss.