“Strive in our daily lives to approach everything we do with an awareness of our interrelatedness to all earth life” -Sisters of Mercy Georgian Court University
Something different is happening at Georgian Court University! As you drive onto campus, you will see that many of our previously highly manicure lawns are now meadows of tall grass and wildflowers, abuzz with life. This is because we have implemented a low-mow or no mow maintainence in many areas of the campus. Since pollution from lawns is a major factor of deteriorating water quality in many aquatic ecosystems, we have also reduced use of herbicides and fertilizers on the remaining traditional turfgrass areas and moved to mulch mowing, as well as mulching fall leaves; all sustainable landscape practices.
GCU is committed to reducing its carbon footprint annually and to be carbon neutral by 2050. You will see many solar panels next to our main parking lot and on building rooftops that generate nearly a megawatt of green energy. GCU also purchases renewable energy certificates equivalent to its annual electrical power usage. GCU is also reducing its energy use by installing insulating window films on classroom windows, replacing incandescent lights with LED or LCD bulbs and by utilizing more hybrid and electric vehicles on campus. A supporter of both waste reduction and recycling, GCU is a long time participant in the annual “Recycle Mania” contest. To help community members avoid buying bottled water, GCU provides a filling station for reusable bottles. Over 16,000 plastic water bottles have been saved this year alone. Placed end to end, that many bottles would stretch for more than 3 miles. Georgian Court is committed to playing a crucial role within its community in the area of sustainability.