Sustainability at GU

Graceland University is a proud participant in ongoing sustainability initiatives throughout our campus.

Sustainability at GU is an ongoing process that relies on not only leaders, but the entire GU community of students, staff, faculty, administration, parents, friends, alumni and guests.

Our ongoing activities include:

  • Campus-wide recycling for paper, plastics and aluminum
  • Sustainable Lamoni, which partners with the Lamoni community on sustainability initiatives (Sustainable Lamoni's Facebook page is found here).
  • An environmental studies minor, which enables our students to integrate sustainable visions and actions into a life-long career
  • Student sustainability internships and work positions on campus and within GU's network of companies
  • Local field experience and workshop opportunities for students throughout the year, such as oak savanna restoration and owl banding projects to study migration
  • A rain garden located west of Resch Hall
  • A hoop house for growing vegetables and herbs installed on the northeastern end of campus
  • A shared car program and an increase in bicycle infrastructure with bicycle fix-it stations and bike racks
  • A formal sustainability committee with members representing all areas of campus
  • Trayless dining at the campus food service and a food service composting program in the works
  • Events like clothing swaps, used bike auctions and bike trail clean ups
  • Mugs provided in the library lounge in lieu of disposable cups
  • An annual EcoFest event in the spring between Earth Day and Arbor Day to raise awareness about environmental issues
  • Films about environmental issues, such as how to reduce our individual and collective carbon footprints
  • Take Back the Green, an annual event in which students actively use the GU campus quad for outdoor recreation activities