Sustainability at Etown
Building a sustainable community
As the Elizabethtown College campus and community grow and advance every year, our commitment to sustainability continues to gain momentum. We have placed a huge focus on monitoring the efficiency of our current operations in order to target our weaknesses and make improvements. This self-awareness has allowed us to make substantial progress through a variety of projects including the construction of the largest solar array of any educational institution in Pennsylvania. Throughout all of our actions, education remains our top priority. We strive toward creating a sustainable campus to share with our faculty, staff, students, and community.
Members of our campus community contribute to these efforts with their shared passion for sustainability. The underlying mission of all of our efforts is to educate the members of our campus community, so they continue to make sustainable decisions throughout their lives.
At Etown, our sustainability efforts become landmark initiatives on our campus, and our progress does not end with the completion of a project, event or new construction. Projects have resulted in major energy and cost savings, and they have had significant environmental impacts. At the completion of our sustainability projects, the results are evaluated according to our sustainability goals. Many of our projects have not only exhibited significant energy savings for the college, but have also left lasting impacts on the community.
We work diligently to continuously implement sustainable strategies in our daily operations. We provide our campus community with locally grown foods and our Dining Services staff demonstrates our commitment to sustainability through our on-campus organic garden, beehives, and food waste reduction. Our garden and beehives are monitored by students and staff, and they are used as an educational tool by our professors and are sometimes used in meals served on campus or made available to students in different dining areas.
A Focus on Now & Tomorrow
We continually look for opportunities to incorporate sustainability into our curriculum , so that all students recognize the potential influence that sustainable actions can have on their lives. Sustainable courses are found across disciplines, so choose ones that interest you and fit your education goals.
Education is at the heart of all our sustainability initiatives. Our educational practices are designed to inspire you to use your profession to serve the community. Sustainability education at Etown is interdisciplinary, so you can incorporate sustainability into your coursework regardless of major. The underlying mission of all of our efforts is to educate the members of our campus community, so they continue to make sustainable decisions throughout their lives.