Sustainability Initiatives

Eco-Reps lead peer-to-mentoring related to sustainability

Some of our Campus Projects Include:

LOCALTUNITY is a Dickinson College initiative for all students, faculty & staff aimed to build community, support the local economy, and buy and eat healthy local food together. Dickinsonians are encouraged to shop at the local Farmers on the Square market together and share meals.

The Treehouse
Students who live in the Center for Sustainable Living, aka Treehouse, work to create community with one another and promote sustainable lifestyles in Pennsylvania's first LEED-Gold college residence hall. The Treehouse hosts events for the Dickinson community that are educational or just plain fun. The inhabitants of the Treehouse are often leaders and active members of other student organizations that are helping to build strong community ties on campus.

Biodiesel Shop
Students are converting waste vegetable oil from the college and other community partners into biodiesel fuel in a student-run shop and lab. They even covert the glycerine waste into soap that is used across campus.

Peer-to-Peer Mentoring
Eco-Reps mentor fellow students about sustainable living in the residence halls and help promote a culture of sustainability. The Eco-Reps organize events and share information about campus recycling, composting, and energy conservation.

A Community of Cyclists
Bicycling is exploding on the Dickinson campus, thanks in part to the Center for Sustainability Education's Handlebar Bicycle Co-op. A shop manager and team of volunteers provide fellow students, faculty and staff with a workspace, tools, salvaged and donated parts, and assistance with maintaining and repairing their bikes. The Handlebar also lends out Green Bikes that have been rebuilt by volunteers from reclaimed parts.

Acting on Ideas
The Idea Fund, a student managed initiative, empowers students to identify and solve problems in the community by equipping and connecting them with skills, networks, and resources to effectively design and implement viable projects. Its vision is to foster a community of proactive and innovative agents of positive change.

Graduation Pledge
The Dickinson College Pledge is voluntary and allows individuals to determine what they consider to be sustainable and socially responsible. The pledge may be supported by any person who has intentions of associating with organizations and communities of social justice and environmental responsibility following graduation. Dickinson College and GPA hope that the support Dickinson graduates will contribute to the cooperative effort to build responsible citizenship for more sustainable workforces and communities.