Sustainability on Our Campus

What does Grinnell do to support sustainability?

Grinnell College tackles the issue of sustainability on several fronts, with an ever-growing toolbox of techniques, technologies, and more.

  • Large wind turbine is first in a series of them with a green field and forest in the background


    From building efficient new buildings and retrofitting older buildings to changing energy sources and social engineering, Grinnell is changing the way we use energy.

  • Grinnell College student garden worker turning the compost pile

    Waste Management

    Grinnell takes advantage of local and regional composting options for food scraps and containers while optimizing recycling options to keep as much food waste out of the landfill as possible.

  • Red roofed water tower in Grinnell

    Water Use

    The College's extensive investment in water conservation has led to landscaping changes, innovative construction, and improved water use across campus.

  • flowers blooming with Gates-Rawson tower in the background

    Native Landscaping

    Tallgrass prairies were the original Iowa landscape. With a focus on native landscaping, the College supports the environmental, social, and economic sustainability of the community.

  • Landscaping in front of HSSC including curving sidewalks, plantings, boulder seating and signage

    Green Buildings

    Grinnell’s commitment to sustainability is built right into construction plans. New buildings and old ones take advantage of a growing array of sustainable solutions.

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