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Admissions: Campus Life: Green GCU

"At GCU, we understand that sustainability goes beyond saving money and bringing the earth into balance. It's asking what we will do to achieve that balance. It's a new way of thinking about how we live and the choices we make. It's integrated into our curriculum, it's reflected in our commitment, and it shows in how we serve our students."
Rosemary Jeffries, RSM, Ph.D., '72
President, Georgian Court University
Supporter of the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment

Sister Rosemary

At Georgian Court, we're all about living green and making sustainable choices.

Eat in the dining hall, where trayless meals are served on real plates with real silverware, and enjoy a cup of fair trade coffee while you're there. Work out in the Wellness Center, which gets some of its power from solar panels, has a vegetated roof (literally!), and is made from 75 percent recycled steel. Join in the fun of Recyclemania, volunteer for Lake Carasaljo clean-ups or teach others how to reduce their carbon footprint.

You already know that GCU sits on 156 beautiful acres that once belonged to wealthy financier George Jay Gould. But did you know that when the Sisters of Mercy bought the estate in 1924 and converted it into a college campus, they were making a very bold statement about sustainability?

At GCU, you'll attend classes in historic, retrofitted buildings and live in residence halls where campus computers, TVs, and other products are EPA ENERGY STAR-efficient. Commuters and residents enjoy participating in the new Sustainability Living-Learning Community, and host discussions, lectures, and off-campus experiences related to honoring the earth. And because sustainability goes beyond "being green," LLC members do everything from promoting meditation or energy conservation to encouraging their friends to adopt healthy eating habits or use eco-friendly cosmetics. They even blog about the many ways you can contribute to sustainability.

In the classroom, GCU professors are just as passionate about the interaction between our natural resources and the world's social systems. Explore our new minor in sustainability, and take courses that examine climate change, coastal geomorphology, societal issues in chemistry and so much more.

Conduct research with scientists who are focused on solving problems posed by prey dynamics, dune erosion, and global warming. Learn from faculty experts who are on the frontlines of addressing homelessness, health issues, complex immigration problems and global inequities—important matters that affect social equity, economic justice, and personal/spiritual wellness.

To learn more about GCU’s sustainability efforts for the environment, economic justice, social equity, and personal and spiritual wellness and how you can help, check out our sustainability Web site. (flash)

No matter your major or what profession you choose, what you learn about sustainability at GCU will be with you forever as you work to make a difference…and be the difference.


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