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To read more about the sustainable practices at Winthrop University click on the individual topics listed above.  Each page contains general information about the various strategies implemented.  Clicking on the green highlighted items will link you to more detailed information.  


Sustainability & Frequently Asked Questions . . .

How do I know what initiative is sustainable?

Across campus, use of the Sustainability Initiatives logo below will identify sustainability initiatives specific to Winthrop University. 

What can I recycle on campus? 

In general, you can recycle mixed office paper, newspaper, aluminum cans, plastic bottles, plastic grocery bags, corrugated cardboard, printer cartridges, batteries, light bulbs, and office electronics.  It is okay to recycle sticky notes as well as paper with paper clips and staples.  Special recycling collection efforts are also done during move-in and move-out from the residence halls.

Click on the Recycling or Facilities & Operations tab to the left for more current recycling information.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact the sustainability coordinator, Chris Johnson at 323-2389.

How is dining services doing its part to be more sustainable?

Winthrop Dining Services is contracted through ARAMARK.  Special emphasis is given to sustainable initiatives. 

How are the residence halls doing their part to be more sustainable?

Residence Life sponsors three residence hall floors as Academic Success Communities; provides recycling bins in every student room; provides recycling stations in every lobby or designated trash areas on each floor.  Winthrop participates in the RecycleMania, a national recycling competition; encourage Resident Assistants do programming on sustainable issues; and, have developed and implemented on-line procedures to eliminate departmental forms and files on student and operational issues.

Does Winthrop purchase “green” products?     

Yes.  Winthrop University has approved a Sustainable Procurement Policy.  The purpose of the policy is to support the statewide Green Purchasing Initiative per the SC Senate Bill 1497 by purchasing products that minimize the harmful effects of their use and final disposition upon the environment. Winthrop University recognizes that the purchasing decisions of our employees can make a difference in favor of environmental quality. We prefer the purchase of environmentally preferable products whenever they perform satisfactorily and are available at a reasonable price.

Prior to approving the Sustainable Procurement Policy, Winthrop purchased paper products (office and otherwise) with recycled content, use furniture vendors who include recycled content in their products, and use low VOC (volatile organic compound) paint.

Are there any “green” buildings on campus?

Yes.  The Lois Rhame West Center is a LEED-certified building.  In spite of the historic nature of campus and its buildings, efforts are made to green-up buildings during renovations. 

Is there a no-idling policy on campus?

Yes.  The Vehicle No Idling Policy applies to employees and students using personal or Winthrop University gasoline or diesel powered passenger vehicles and light trucks should turn them off if idling more than 30 seconds. Larger diesel vehicles operating under heavy load should be allowed to idle for 3 minutes to cool down. Vehicles should not be left running while unattended. The operator of the vehicle/equipment should turn off the unit and remove the keys from the ignition. Visitors to campus, including buses and contractor/vendor vehicles, are subject to the same policy as employees and students and will be asked to comply.

The campus is beautiful.  What kinds of sustainable initiatives influence landscaping and grounds maintenance on campus? 

Winthrop University uses mulch from our mulching operation in the greenhouses for hanging baskets, and also in the plant and flower beds. Additionally, we plant native species plants as much as possible that are already adjusted to the area’s rainfall to avoid having to water plants.



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