Sustainability a major commitment for Gettysburg College

The Gettysburg College community's efforts to reduce our ecological footprint are highlighted in an extensive new area of our website.

To learn more about our campuswide commitment, ranging from the classroom to campus infrastructure to student activism, click on About the College (above left), then Sustainability (in the left column), or follow this link.

When Gettysburg signed the Presidents Climate Commitment in 2007, it wasn't the beginning of the College's sustainability efforts - and it certainly isn't the end. Serious energy-conservation efforts began in the 1980s and have grown into the broad spectrum of programs in place today. A handful of examples include:

  • Our Environmental Studies department is among the largest at the nation's top liberal arts colleges, and classes throughout the curriculum address issues of sustainability.
  • Gettysburg's energy consumption is among the lowest for residential liberal arts colleges of similar size. In 2008, we contracted to obtain 20% of the campus's energy from biomass.
  • Students operate a garden that supplies the campus Dining Center.
  • Gettysburg College has won state and national honors for our recycling programs.

Our future is clear, as indicated by green building plans for our new Center for Athletics, Recreation, and Fitness and the long-term vision of our institutional Strategic Directions plan.

Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences. With a student body of approximately 2,600, it is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania. The college was founded in 1832.

Posted Aug. 18, 2008

Posted: Mon, 18 Aug 2008

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