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 61% in 1996 to 53% in 2006. In 2002, Gettysburg joined 24 other Pennsylvania colleges and universities in deciding to purchase wind-derived energy, and in 2008 the College pledged to purchase 20% of its energy from biomass.

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.