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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 & Resources . . .

Consider using the library as a sustainable alternative to purchasing books individually.  Doing so builds and strengthens community while saving natural resources.   Winthrop's Dacus library has an excellent collection of resources that focus on sustainability and the three dimensions of sustainability: social, economic, and environmental. 

The following resources are not specific to any initiative at Winthrop and are not an endorsement of any individual agency or initiative. This information is only provided as a resource that can provide information about sustainability, sustainable practices, and/or for research projects. 

Energy Calculators . . .

The Energy Profile is a tool that can be used to receive a comprehensive analysis of your home's energy use and identify cost saving opportunities.

Piedmont Municipal Power Agency, PMPA, is a joint-action agency incorporated in 1979. The agency was formed by, and continues to provide wholesale electric services to, ten municipal utilities in the upstate of South Carolina.

Ecological Footprint Calculators . . .

Your ecological footprint is a measure of biocapacity or human demand on the planet's ecosystems and associated waste generated; the measure of how much land and ocean is necessary to maintain the resources humans consume and ultimately dispose of.  Do you know what your ecological footprint is?  Use the following links to find out!



Carbon Footprint Calculators . . .

A carbon footprint is a measure of direct emissions of greenhouse gasses (GHG) through transport, land clearance, manufacturing, and the production and consumption of food, fuels, consumables, wood, roads, buildings and services that cause climate change into the atmosphere.  What is your carbon footprint?  Use the following links to find out!

Recycling . . .

Find a recycling center or learn about the journey of those bottles and cans you recycle. 

Other Resouces . . .

As an institutional member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Winthrop University is committed to sustainability and to serving as a positive example through sustainable practices.  AASHE is helping to create a brighter future of opportunity for all by advancing sustainability in higher education. By creating a diverse community engaged in sharing ideas and promising practices, AASHE provides administrators, faculty, staff and students, as well as the business that serve them, with: thought leadership and essential knowledge resources; outstanding opportunities for professional development; and a unique framework for demonstrating the value and competitive edge created by sustainability initiatives. 


A project of the Driftwood Wildlife Association

Have you have wondered what other living organisms share our campus habitat?  Did you know that we have Chimney Swifts living on campus?  There are Chimney Swifts living right here on campus two parents and their offspring can consume over 12,000 flying insects every day! Chimney Swifts typically arrive in the United States late March and return to the Amazon Basin of Peru in early November where they winter. Chimney Swifts are protected by State Wildlife Codes and Federal law under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1916.    However,  the Chimney Swift population is declining because of habitat loss.  For more information on Chimney Swifts or how you can help increase the Chimney Swift population, click on the link above.  The purpose of this site is to promote the conservation of Chimney Swifts through public education, preservation of existing habitat and creation of new nesting and roosting sites. 

Do you receive mail that you really don't want or need?   Is your recycling bin filled with junk mail?   If answered yes to these two questions, you can take action to reduce the amount of junk mail you receive.  One available source available is DMAchoice™, an online tool developed by the Direct Marketing Association to help you manage your mail.  Click on the logo below to access the DMAchoice™ website to get started reducing the junk mail you receive in you mailbox. 

The Rock Hill Bicycle Club (RHBC) represents a collection of recreational riders, racers and mountain bikers. As of 2005, the club has been in existence for over 25 years, with a membership of more than 100 riders.  Known for its growing sports market, York County is one of the fastest growing regions in the United States, just minutes south of Charlotte, NC. While many RHBC members reside in York County many others hail from neighboring Lancaster and Chester Counties as well as North Carolina cyclists from Mecklenburg, Gaston and Union Counties. 



The mission of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is to protect human health and the environment.  On-line resources are available that provide information on a variety of environmental topics including air, climate change, green living, pesticides, chemicals, toxics, waste, and water.

The Green Power Partnership works with a wide variety of leading organizations — from Fortune 500® companies to local, state and federal governments, and a growing number of colleges and universities. The following Top Partner Rankings highlight the annual green power use of leading Green Power Partners within the United States and across individual industry sectors.


The mission of Builders of Hope seeks to increase the availability of high-quality, safe, affordable and workforce housing options. Through innovative reuse and rehabilitation we incorporate economic benefits, environmental stewardship and social solutions. As social entrepreneurs, Builders of Hope sustainably revitalizes at-risk communities — one home, one family, one life at a time.

Creation Justice Ministries work in cooperation with national bodies of Protestant denominations, Orthodox communions, regional faith groups, and congregants to protect and restore God's Creation.  Variety of resources are available.


The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) promotes and protects the health of the public and environment.  DHEC's website offers information about healthy living, services, regulatory compliance, environmental protection, and education and community involvement. 


Winthrop University is an institutional member of the Carolina Recycling Association (CRA).  The CRA is a nonprofit organization established and maintained by a community of people - multi-national corporations, small businesses, local government, state government agencies, and individuals across the Carolinas who are committed to waste reduction and recycling efforts. 

Waste To Green is an Electronic Waste (e-waste) collection and recycling service in North Carolina dedicated to converting as much e-waste into green by diverting it from our landfills and overseas export as possible. Waste To Green collects and process whatever e-waste they can recycle, the rest is forwarded to appropriate recycling facilities where it will be re-cycled for future use.  Waste To Green website offers information and tips about recycling e-waste.  

Green America's mission is to "harness economic power—the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace—to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society."  Green America's website provides information on serveral topics including climate, fair trade, social investing, and living green.

Architecture 2030, a non-profit, non-partisan and independent organization, was established in response to the climate change crisis by architect Edward Mazria in 2002. 2030’s mission is to rapidly transform the U.S. and global Building Sector from the major contributor of greenhouse gas emissions to a central part of the solution to the climate change, energy consumption, and economic crises. Our goal is straightforward: to achieve a dramatic reduction in the climate-change-causing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of the Building Sector by changing the way buildings and developments are planned, designed and constructed.

Inhabitat.com is a weblog devoted to the future of design, tracking the innovations in technology, practices and materials that are pushing architecture and home design towards a smarter and more sustainable future.  Other topics posted include insigt to a variety of social and environmental issues. 

Test your paper recycling IQ by taking an online quiz about how much you know about paper recycling.   Paperrecycles.org is hosted by The American Forest & Paper Association.  Website provides information about how to recycle paper in the community, at the office, or at school. 


Since its inception, The Environmental Magazine’s mission has remained the same: to provide information about environmental issues and to share ideas and resources so that readers can live more sustainable lives and connect with ongoing efforts for change.

The Center for Biological Diversity provides information about the importance of diversity and how human society can "secure the future of all species . . ."  Website offers links to programs supporting endangered species, climate, oceans, and urban wildlands.

"Clean Air Carolina envisions a future in which residents understand the connection between clean air and physical health and are working to ensure NC’s air quality meets or exceeds science-based air quality standards that protect public, environmental and economic health."


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Created by Annie Leonard and her friends at Free Range Studios in 2000, The Story of Stuff Project was an effort to bring awareness  to share "what she’d learned about the way we make, use and throw away Stuff."  Consider how your buying habits contribute to sustainability, i.e. how what you buy can simultaneously advance economic vitality, ecological integrity, and social welfare.

Envision Charlotte believes environmental sustainability, when combined with a pro-business approach benefits the regional economy and is achieved through perpetual, formal stewardship of defined resources in the environment in the areas of energy, water, air, and waste.

Since its inception in 1999, the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center's mission has been to improve the quality of life in communities through the increase of safe walking and bicycling as a viable means of transportation and physical activity.


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