Guilford Among Top Colleges for Food Sustainability

Posted: September 16, 2016

Guilford College placed seventh in the food category of SIERRA Magazine’s 2016 Cool Schools ranking. The magazine received responses from 202 colleges and universities.

The food ranking was broken out from the overall Cool Schools ranking by, a website that promotes locally and sustainably grown food.

SIERRA, the magazine of the Sierra Club, awarded points in the food category for green initiatives such as food waste composting, support for local agriculture, vegan dining options and operation of a campus farm. Guilford earned a score of 39.40 out of a possible 51 in the food category.

Guilford’s commitment to food sustainability builds on our longstanding dedication to stewardship.

The Guilford College Farm serves as a learning laboratory while providing fresh, locally grown produce for the community. The farm grows vegetables for Dining Services, a student-operated farmers market, a steadily growing CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program, two local groceries and a few local restaurants.

By composting dining waste, we’ve eliminated the use of petroleum-based fertilizers on campus grounds and diverted 800-1,200 pounds of food waste from area landfills every week.

And in the spring, Guilford will begin offering a major in sustainable food systems, challenging students to explore the intersection of food, society and nature.


Last Updated: September 24, 2016