The College is included in the 2015 edition of “The Princeton Review Guide to 353 Green Colleges.” More than 2,000 institutions were considered for the guide.
Guilford has taken action to protect the natural world in a variety of ways. Energy audits of 35 campus buildings resulted in 430 implemented energy conservation measures. Due to these improvements, energy costs are the lowest per gross square foot of any college in the region.
Composting includes Dining Services food waste. Compost is used for brewing compost tea (a natural fertilizer), top-dressing campus grounds, and as a soil amendment for the Guilford College Farm and landscape beds. The Dining Hall proudly serves produce from the farm, which grows about 10,000 pounds of produce annually.
The College has committed to seeking carbon neutrality by the year 2047. It is also seeking LEED certification on all future construction over 5,000 square feet.
More than 200 solar panels heat 9,000 gallons of water daily for residence halls, the cafeteria and the Physical Education Center. Dual-flush valves, low-flow faucets and showerheads, and waterless urinals reduce water consumption. In addition, Guilford’s Energy Star Purchasing Policy requires that all electronic purchases be Energy Star or the equivalent.
The well-regarded Environmental Studies Program incorporates sustainability into a wide variety of academic fields while focusing on social justice, global awareness and service to the larger community.
Environmentally focused student organizations range from the Greenleaf Coffee Co-Op to a green-themed residence hall. The P.E. Center has 10 elliptical ReRev machines, each harnessing 50 kilowatt hours per 30-minute session to be used as clean energy source. Students, faculty and staff can also rent bikes or get a tune-up at The Bike Shop on campus.