Green Gustavus



What Makes Gustavus Green?

Gustavus Named a Green College by the Princeton Review

Nobel Conference 46 - 'Making Food Good'

Environmental Studies Program


**Bike Share**

In progress

A Public Discourse student, first year (2014) Lydia Benge Briggs, is developing a bike share program for Gustavus.  Currently, the plan is to have around 8 bikes that could be checked out (with locks and helmets) from the Red Desk in Lund for a few hours at a time.  The bikes could be purchased, possibly used, from a local store.  No additional student employment would be needed.

**Battery Recycling**

Expansion in progress

A Public Discourse student, senior (2010) Stephy Gao, is developing a program to expand the school's battery recycling program to the dorms. Currently, batteries (all types) and cell phones can be recycled in bins in the Bookmark and in the entryway to the Library.  The major issue facing the expansion is deciding who would empty the dorm bins - a dependable, consistently available group of people with access to all the dorms would be ideal.

**New Building with LEED Certification**

In progress

Gustavus's new academic building, currently under construction, is expected to meet some level of LEED Certification (LEED Certification is awarded to buildings meeting certain environmental criteria).

Solar Panels

Solar panels are installed on the Interpretive Center in the Arboretum to provide hear in the winter and for research purposes.  Solar panels will also be installed on the roof of the new academic building.


The Linnaeus Arboretum includes sections modeled after the three major ecosystems in Minnesota (prairie, deciduous forest and coniferous forest). In 2008, restoration began on the 70 acre Coneflower Prairie - the second restored prairie in the Arb.

Organics Recycling/Compost

Big Hill Student Farm collects vegetable and fruit scraps produced by the Caf during food preparation and uses them to fertilize the Farm.

Local Food

The Caf makes an effort to use local food whenever possible, including food produced by the Student Farm.


The Caf provides resuable take-out containers for students, faculty and staff.