Sustainability on Campus


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.

Sustainable Food Systems Major

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

Meadowfed Lunch Recap

The 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, which helps us save thousands of pounds of waste monthly.


The Guilford College Farm


The Guilford College Farm has seen steady growth and now encompasses three cultivated acres, including a 5-thousand-square-foot tunnel enabling year-round production of more than 10,000 pounds of food a year. 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, and all 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, including 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 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 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: The 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 one of the nation’s largest college solar hot water projects. 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 dual-flush, high-efficiency mechanisms, we're 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