Campus Initiatives

The greenhouse provides a home to some of the Painted Turtle Farm’s plants when they are too little to survive in the wild. June, 2011

Gettysburg College’s administration has maintained a commitment to sustainability for over three decades, while encouraging its faculty, staff, and students to do the same. This independence has led to a multi-tiered approach to sustainability at the College, which continues to prove successful.

Through the combined efforts of faculty, students, and staff, Gettysburg College's reliance on fossil fuels has decreased from 73,871 MMBTU in 2011 to 63,199 MMBTU in 2012.  Facilities hires two students to serve as sustainability interns in order to bridge the communication gap between students and administration.  Interns serve as a voice for students and help educate both students and faculty on how to live more sustainably and conserve our campus. 

All campus departments, ranging from administration to Dining Services and Facilities Services, have made a concentrated effort to purchase sustainable, recyclable, or compostable products wherever possible, from green cleaning supplies for Custodial Services to eco-friendly printer paper at Musselman Library to less corrosive pesticides for Grounds Services. Together, the Gettysburg College community moves towards a more innovative and sustainable future.