Sustainability at Gettysburg

From our Central Energy Plant to our residence halls, the Gettysburg College community is reducing our ecological footprint as we stride toward a greener future.

Faculty research

Our Environmental Studies department is among the largest at the nation’s top liberal arts colleges.

Institutional commitments

We are a charter signatory of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment.

Campus initiatives

Campus Kitchen

Campus Kitchen has served 51,825 meals, recovered 93,662 pounds of food, and logged 6,444 volunteer hours. Updated April 2016.

Students in campus kitchen cutting tomatoes


Farmhouse is an on-campus housing option for students who are passionate about sustainability and social justice. Farmhouse has a garden in its yard where students are able to grow produce.

LEED certification

The Jaeger Center for Athletics, Recreation, and Fitness is Gold certified by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System.

Jaeger Center for Athletics

Painted Turtle Farm

The Painted Turtle Farm is a campus-community hub for food justice. Students, faculty, and the local migrant community come together to address food access and exercise local, healthy eating. The farm is Certified Naturally Grown.

Student in covered growing house at the Painted Turtle Farm


Each May, departing students donate reusable items for our Give It Up for Good Sale, raising funds for the local United Way and diverting tons of material from the waste stream.

Single Stream Recycling

Our campus-wide recycling program is single-stream, meaning all recyclables are collected into the same truck. This system allows students and faculty easily as our recycling bins function similarly to a normal trash can.

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