Environmental Sustainability

Here at Goucher we've made environmental sustainability a critical component of campus operations, academics, volunteer opportunities, events programming, and our shared community principles. This commitment to sustainability began long before joining the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment in 2007. We continue to work on deepening our integration of sustainability throughout the campus, including in our dining services, recycling, composting, energy conservation, transportation, and academic programs. Industry experts have taken notice: The Princeton Review named Goucher as a Top Green College for 2014 and 2015; 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 with the links in the sidebar.


Maryland Green Registry Member         National Wildlife Federation         American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment         AASHE