Sustainability on Campus

Good Stewards of the Earth

At Guilford College, we are conscious of the impact our actions have on Earth. We are dedicated to creating a campuswide commitment to responsible stewardship that includes recycling and practicing energy conservation and composting, we have created a culture that holds each of us accountable for sustainable practices. Together we are making a difference.


Featured Videos

Check out the latest videos depicting our commitment to sustainability:

Sustainable Food Systems Major Announcement

This program challenges students to explore the intersection of food, society and nature.

Meadowfeed Lunch Recap

Our farm serves the greater Guilford community by providing fresh vegetables for the College’s dining services, a student operated farmers market, two local grocery stores and a few local restaurants.

Food Waste Management

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the composting process at Guilford College which helps us save thousands of pounds of waste monthly.

The Guilford College Farm

Farming is a tradition at Guilford College revisited. After a nearly seven-decade hiatus from farming, Guilford is once again growing food to help feed our community. Now in its sixth year of production, the farm is producing over ten thousand pounds of food annually.

The farm has seen steady growth and now encompasses three acres of cultivated land, including a five thousand square foot high tunnel enabling year round production. Nearly all the crops are started from seed in our propagation greenhouse. The farm produces a wide variety of vegetable crops utilizing sustainable farming practices. All of the soil amendments and pesticides used are OMRI (Organic Materials Review Institute) approved.

The farm serves the greater Guilford community by providing fresh vegetables for the College’s dining services, a student operated on-site farmers market, a steadily growing CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program, two local groceries and a few local restaurants.

The farm is a popular site for work-study students, Bonner Program members and a wide range of volunteers from both our on-campus and off-campus communities. The mission of the Guilford College Farm is to serve as a learning laboratory while producing fresh, locally grown produce for the community in an economically viable framework.


Eco-Friendly Practices

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: We have two commercial-grade Earth Tubs to churn that waste into incredibly rich compost. The tubs create huge amounts of compost we can use all around campus as fertilizer. We’re diverting an average of 800 to 1,200 lbs of waste from area landfills every week.
  • Campus Bike Shop: Rental bikes are available to the Guilford community for a day, a week or the whole semester. The bike shop fosters and supports a biking culture and community on campus. More people biking and fewer driving cars means a smaller carbon footprint.
  • RecycleMania: Each year Guilford College participates in RecyleMania, 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.
  • Community Garden: Our Community Garden is a relaxed place where people from all walks of life come together to get dirt under their nails, grow awesome food and experience the one-of-a-kind thrill of nurturing seeds into harvests.
  • Solar Thermal System: We have nearly 200 solar panels on nine buildings across campus— which makes it the nation’s largest college solar hot water project to date. Together, these panels can create more than 9,000 gallons of hot water every day.
  • Dual-Flush Toilets: By installing low flow toilets and opting for the dual-flush, high-efficiency mechanisms, we are saving about 18,000 gallons of water per toilet each year.


50,000 pounds

of compost recycled each year

Voted “Top 30 Sustainable College-Run Farms”

by College Values Online

196 solar panels

on nine building across campus create more than 9,000 gallons of hot water every day.

10,000+ pounds

of produce grown in our College Farm each year

Contact Us

David Petree

David Petree

Director of Environmental Sustainability

Nick Mangili

Nick Mangili

Farm Manager