Good Stewards of the Earth
At Guilford College, we are conscious of the impact our actions have on Earth. We're dedicated to creating a campuswide commitment to responsible stewardship that includes recycling and practicing energy conservation and composting, and we have created a culture that holds each of us accountable for sustainable practices. Together we are making a difference.
We’re lowering our carbon footprint, saving money, and spreading awareness about the effects of our decisions today. Listed below are a few of the many ways Guilford is incorporating sustainability across campus.
- Composting: Guilford has two commercial-grade Earth Tubs to churn waste into incredibly rich compost. The tubs create huge amounts of compost we use across campus as fertilizer. We’re diverting an average of 800 to 1,200 lbs of waste from area landfills every week.
- RecycleMania: Each year, Guilford College participates in RecycleMania, a friendly competition that helps colleges and universities benchmark their recycling efforts. During the eight-week competition, schools report recycling and trash amounts each week, then use those numbers to rally students, faculty, and staff on their individual campuses to do even better the next week.
- Solar Thermal System: Guilford has nearly 200 solar panels on nine buildings across campus, which can create more than 9,000 gallons of hot water every day.
- Dual-Flush Toilets: By installing low-flow toilets and opting for dual-flush, high-efficiency mechanisms, we're saving about 18,000 gallons of water per toilet each year.