Sustainability at Elizabethtown

Our campus is green all year-round.

Elizabethtown College cares about the environment. Our green efforts range from things as simple as placing recycling bins across campus to more unique initiatives as making notebooks out of cereal boxes and turning leftovers into electricity. Additionally, we buy from local farmers and even tend to an on-campus garden.

To learn more about campus-wide sustainability efforts, visit the Facilities Management website.

Here’s a look at how some other departments across campus reduce, reuse, recycle – and rethink the way they do things.

Print Services utilizes paper products daily however we are passionate about the world's forests. We are pleased to announce that we offer white copy paper that contains 100% post-consumer waste (PCW) and as of 2012 all white copy paper supplied by Print Services is either certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or it contains 100% post-consumer waste.

Print Services also has partnered with Elizabethtown College Environmental Group (ECEG) to produce Green Notebooks, which are made from donated empty dry-goods boxes, 100% recycled paper and recyclable plastic spines. Proceeds from the sale of Green Notebooks help support environmental initiatives on campus.

Print Services also recycles and reuses paper. Any paper that is printed on one side only and not confidential can be reused to create notepads. All paper not made into notepads is recycled in Print Services.

The Dining Services Office, in conjunction with Facilities Management, has implemented many energy-efficient initiatives. In 2010, its efforts to “turn waste into energy” attracted much attention from the local media.The College partnered with Somat Company of Lancaster and Mount Joy, and farmer Mike Brubaker, to turn organic waste from the dining facilities into electricity. The result was an 80 percent reduction in water consumption and waste hauling charges were cut in half.

Other dining services efforts include:

  • Dining Services tends to a garden which produce fruits and veggies that are served within the operation (it is located on the path to the Bowers Writers House)
  • The exhaust hood systems located above the cooking equipment are on sensors that power them up and down as needed, according to use of the equipment (similar to light that go off and on when someone walks by the sensor.) This saves in our electrical usage
  • Dining Services purchases from locally based companies such as Turkey Hill Dairy, John Gross & Company (our campus' main supplier from Mechanicsburg), Herr Snack Foods, and also some small local shops like Spence Candies in E-town
  • Participation in the various recycling programs initiated by Facilities Management (glass, plastics, cardboard)

Etown's Sustainability News:

An Appetite for Sustainability

From garden fresh veggies to a certain orange root variety baked into an E-town tradition, the College's Dining Services operation stretches well beyond the Baugher Student Center, where the Marketplace, Jay's Nest and Blue Bean Café are housed. An organic garden tucked in a quiet campus cranny provides an assortment of fresh produce. Catering Services creates, for gatherings of all sizes, an array of culinary delights—from finger foods to feasts. The Bird Feeder, a late-night food truck, roams residence hall parking lots...  Finish Reading about Dining Services Appetite for Sustainability