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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 News . . .

Winthrop Included in 2014 International Sustainability Rankings

Keep America Beautiful, Coca-Cola Foundation Award Winthrop Recycling Bins

Winthrop Featured in Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2013 Edition!

“The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges” profiles Winthrop in its fourth annual edition, praising the university’s impressive resumé of green-related affiliations and accreditations and for putting its “Live. Learn. Lead.” motto to action in its sustainability efforts.

Outdoor Recycling has Arrived!

With a grant from Palmetto Pride, Winthrop University was able to purchase five double recycling/waste containers.  At the request of the Council of Student Leaders, these collection stations have been placed at the entrances of key academic buildings on campus: Owens on Scholar's Walk, Byrnes Auditorium, Dacus Library, DiGiorgio Campus Center on the Campus Green, and in the concourse between West Center and campus center.  Plastics, glass, aluminum and steel are commingled (items placed in single can) at each location.  Waste is collected in the second can.  These recycling stations will complement Winthrop's award winning W•E•C•A•R•E Recycling Program. The project will increase the region's awareness of the University's commitment to improve upon our community's livability and reducing solid waste sent to the landfill through recycling. A map is available showing outdoor recycling locations.



Read more about what students learned about climate change and global warming during a cultural event hosted by SEAC and Winthrop's Vegetarian Society in The Johnsonian.


Winthrop Reached its Energy Reduction Milestone Goal!


Winthrop Student Wins RecycleMania Poster Competition!

Heather Prange has won first place for her poster design! Word is that she won by a landslide!  Not only will her poster hang in schools and Universities across the USA and Canada, but she also won $500.  Thank you all for supporting Heather.  When we are able to order posters for RecycleMania 2013, we will begin hanging Heather's poster around campus to promote our participation in next years RecycleMania. 

Read more about Heather's story in The Johnsonian.

Winthrop Certified as Green Workplace!

Winthrop University is certified by Rock Hill's Clean City, Green City Workplace Certification Program.  This program recognizes the steps businesses have taken to become more environmentally friendly.  The program is a citywide effort to register and recognizes the green workplaces of Rock Hill.


Winthrop Hires First Sustainability Coordinator!

In September of 2011, Chris Johnson '99 became Winthrop's first Sustainability Coordinator.  He will lead efforts to make sustainability an integral part of the Winthrop Experience for students, faculty and staff. His position is made possible with help from the Dalton family, who established the Harry and ’Becca Dalton Endowed Chair in Environmental Sciences and Environmental Studies. 

Some of his tasks include:

  • Re-energizing the campus recycling program, as well as devising educational strategies.
  • Examining potential policies related to sustainability that the campus should consider adopting.
  • Working with Residence Life staff to develop strategies for programming in the residence halls.
  • Connecting with sustainability coordinators from other campuses in the state and region and developing a support group that can exchange ideas.
  • Identifying funding sources for future projects.
  • Developing a strategy for internal building audits and identifying buildings with the most to gain.
  • Working on a strategy to meter campus utilities at individual buildings.
  • Teaching classes on sustainability.

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