Guilford Included in Green Guide
April 19, 2013
Guilford is one of the 322 most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada, according to The Princeton Review.
The fourth annual edition of The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges is based on responses to a 50-question survey about course offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. The schools in this guide received scores of at least 83; Guilford scored 91.
Dining services has adopted composting policies to include all food waste, some used in compost tea which is a natural fertilizer for campus grounds. Guilford proudly utilizes produce grown in gardens both on campus and neighboring farms in an effort to reduce its carbon footprint. Nearly all of the oil used in meal preparation is reused for biodiesel fuel.
An initiative to install more than 200 solar panels has resulted in the production of 9,000 gallons of hot water daily for dorms, the cafeteria and P.E. Center. Bathrooms offer dual-flush valves, low-flow faucets and showerheads, and waterless urinals in a majority of academic and office buildings on campus. In addition, Guilford’s Energy Star Purchasing Policy requires that all electronic purchases be Energy Star or the equivalent.
The College’s well regarded environmental studies program incorporates sustainability into a wide variety of academic fields while focusing on justice, global awareness, and service to the larger community. Environmentally focused student organizations range from coffee to a green-themed residence hall.
Campus recreation has 10 elliptical ReRev machines, each harnessing 50 kilowatt hours per 30-minute session to be used as clean energy source. Students and faculty can rent bikes or get a tune-up at The Bike Shop, aimed at encouraging bike riding as a mode of transportation around the area.
Published a few days before the April 22 celebration of Earth Day, the 215-page guide can be downloaded for free.