Students walking through the academic quad

When visitors step on Goucher's campus, they get the sense we're green. A 287-acre campus surrounded by trees, fields, and a meandering stream will do that. But we're also Green with a capital G, as in environmentally conscious.

We've made environmental sustainability a critical component of campus operations, academics, volunteer opportunities, events programming, and our shared community principles-even long before joining the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment in 2007. We're working on a number of ongoing environmental developments in transportation, food services, recycling, composting, and energy conservation, as well as in our academic programs. And industry experts are taking notice: The Princeton Review named Goucher as a Top Green College for 2014; CollegeProwler ranked us the most eco-friendly college in Maryland; and we got a Silver rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, & Rating System (STARS) Program.

Goucher's administration, students, faculty, and staff recognize the importance taking immediate and impassioned environmental action. In 2011, our dedicated Goucher Environmental Sustainability Advisory Council (GESAC) worked to complete the college's first Climate Action Plan, which set a goal to reduce Goucher's GHG emissions 20 percent by 2020. We're already well on our way! 

Explore our environmental sustainability practices and initiatives in the tabs to the left. 

EPA Green Power Partner Maryland Green Registry Member National Wildlife Federation American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment


Billy Daly
Billy Daly
Billy helped create the Goucher Renewable Agriculture Initiative to maintain and expand the college's community garden over the summer so students don't have to start over every fall. Read about his experiences with that, and Goucher, here.