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Sustainability on Campus

You will find that sustainability is a part of life on all Widener campuses. Our dining facilities strive to be green in all aspects. Every year during Food Week, there are demonstrations and events around campus designed to support sustainable, Fair Trade, and organic farms, reduce hunger and improve food access, and reform factory farms to protect the environment and farm animals. In spring 2016, Widener's Main Campus held a Sustainability Showcase, highlighting student and faculty projects and research.

Widener's administration considers sustainability issues in its growth, development, and operating plans. In the fall of 2015, Widener launched a Green Pride initiative and revamped our recycling program. The goal of Green Pride is to reduce Widener's carbon footprint by putting an emphasis on recycling and sustainability. You will find numerous recycling cans and bins around all Widener campuses that utilize the single stream recycling process. In addition, Widener installed 10 filtered water bottle filling stations on Widener campuses that have already intercepted over 12,000 water bottles out of the waste stream. Widener estimates that it will save one bottle per person per day with these filling stations.

Many of our buildings feature environmentally friendly technology. Founders Hall, which opened in 2013 and houses the School of Nursing and the Oskin Leadership Institute, is certified “green” by the U.S. Green Building Council and holds the prestigious LEED designation. Since 2002, when the Leslie C. Quick Jr. Center opened, Widener has installed geothermal exchange technology, or geoexchange for short, in several campus buildings: Kirkbride, Metropolitan, Grasselli, Sharples, and Thayer Halls. The technology has the potential to reduce energy consumption by one-half or more.

Together as a university community, we can take pride in making Widener greener.