All of Gettysburg College's buildings are working towards decreasing their ecological footprint and increasing their sustainability measures through energy- and water-saving techniques and technology. These measures include the installation of low-flow restroom fixtures, high-efficiency appliances such as washing machines and refrigerators, high-efficiency central cooling systems, and simple compact fluorescent light bulbs which all work together to improve campus sustainability. However, no buildings better exemplify the campus' commitment to sustainability than Corner Cottage, fondly referred to as Farmhouse, and the new Jaeger Athletic Center.
Farmhouse is the on-campus theme house dedicated to sustainability, intentional living, and social justice. This building makes use of low-flow toilets, a rainwater collection system, furniture constructed from recycled materials, and much more.
The Jaeger Center for Athletics, Recreation, and Fitness is certified by the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. The Jaeger Center has earned a Gold Certification due to a multitude of sustainability and conservation measures. The Jaeger Center reduces water consumption through low-flow shower-heads, a water-conserving pool filtration system, a rainwater collection system, and a solar panel array located atop of the complex. To achieve the Gold Certification the College also had to take other separate measures: a wildlife area has been designated behind the Quarry Pond, a pledge to purchase energy from renewable sources, and the recycling of over 95% of the building construction materials, and many others.
These certifications are granted by an outside third party based on criteria such as water efficiency, the construction materials used, the building's energy sources, and other various standards. For more information regarding the LEED System visit www.USGBC.org.