Led by the Sustainability Office, Davidson is implementing many sustainability initiatives in an effort to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. The programs we are working on now or have recently implemented are outlined below. To read in depth about the college's sustainable progress,download our Sustainability Annual Report (PDF).
All too often the social component of sustainability is left out. At Davidson College our students, faculty and staff are addressing issues of social equity and justice in many ways. For example, classes, Sustainability Office interns, and volunteers focus on environmental justice, food access, environmental education, green jobs and more. The Center for Civic Engagement leads efforts in fellowships, internships, grants, trips and service opportunities to connect students with local and global communities in meaningful ways. The Center for Civic Engagement, the Sustainability Office and others aim to support social entrepreneurship to develop innovative solutions to social problems.
The Sustainability Office works with students, faculty, staff and alumni to find opportunities for financial profitability to help drive social equity and environmental integrity. We encourage entrepreneurship and using for-profit strategy to enhance sustainability education and implementation through workshops, providing resources for students, and working with individual sustainability entrepreneurs. The office also works with students and others in the campus community to explore the vast opportunities in sustainable business practices, finance, and investment. The whole systems approach of maximizing the triple bottom line, rather than each pillar individually, also leads to discussion and exploration of economic prosperity through sustainability.
Davidson College is committed to creating a more environmentally-friendly campus, graduating students who are environmental stewards, prepared to be successful social entrepreneurs, and ready to become leaders in their communities. The Sustainability Office works with Physical Plant, Auxiliary Services, Residence Life, Business Services, and others in the Davidson College community to make our campus a greener place to live and work.
Davidson College Dining Services has been integrating sustainability into its operations for years. Its staff works with its suppliers, customers and employees to create and maintain sustainable business practices. Some of these efforts include purchasing local and organic foods, fair trade coffee, eggs from chickens raised in a cage-free environment, composting food waste, and providing used fryer-oil to local residents to use as bio-fuel. Learn more on the Dining Services website.
The College Farm offers fresh, naturally grown, local produce to Davidson College students through the college's Dining Services operation. The farm is a stand-alone, business-based unit of the college and does not introduce additional costs to Dining Services. The farm grows naturally—no synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. All of the seeds are Certified Organic, Non-GMO, and/or open-pollinated heirloom varieties.