Guilford College

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  1. Sustainability Tour

    Learn about Guilford College's efforts in sustainability.


    1. Archdale Hall

      During renovations in 2007, Archdale Hall, built in 1885, was transformed into a LEED Silver certified building with continued historic preservation. High-efficiency lighting, super-efficient heating and cooling systems, low-water consumption fixtures, a rain water harvesting and recycling system, and extra-thick cellulose insulation made from recycled cellulose paper allowed us to highlight historic features and maximize energy efficiency.

    2. Ragan Brown Field House, Alumni Gym & Mary Ragsdale Fitness Area

      The Ragan Brown Field House and Alumni Gym features a solar panel system. The Mary Ragsdale Fitness Area is home to ReRev elliptical machines which turns "human energy" into renewable energy.

    3. Green Dining

      In 2008 we began a partnership with Meriwether Godsey to greatly reduce food service waste, change the way we purchase our food and materials, and create a more sustainable dining program. Today, by composting pre- and post-consumer waste, the dining hall diverts over a thousand pounds of waste from landfills every week. Depending on the growing season, up to 40% of the food purchased is either organic, local, or both—reducing pesticides use and eliminating thousands of miles of highway transportation. And nearly 100% of our cooking oil is reclaimed for biodiesel.

    4. The Greenleaf

      The Greenleaf is a volunteer-based, collaboratively-run coffee shop, located on the College's campus, in the basement of Milner Hall. The co-op sells coffees, teas and soft drinks. The co-op also sells local bakery items.

    5. Earth Tubs

      Our two, 450 pound earth tubs might not smell great but they do their part to help eliminate food waste from ending up in a landfill. Every week we’re able to divert over 1000 pounds of pre- and post-consumer waste from area landfills.

    6. Production Garden

      Our production garden came to life in 2011, and now sells food directly to campus dining and several local restaurants and grocers. It’s the purest example of buying local, and is creating an entirely new way for students from all majors to learn about sustainable growing, selling and eating.

    7. Bike Shop

      It’s not just an on-campus bike shop, it’s a way of life. Here our students, faculty and staff can rent bikes by the hour, day or semester. Or get a discounted tune-up. Or just find out the best way to get from here to there on two wheels.

    8. Quad Composting

      The College uses composting and compost tea to fertilize the campus grounds as opposed to using petroleum-based fertilizers.