New construction projects and major renovations consisting of 8,000 or more square feet of conditioned, occupied space will achieve LEED certification.
Elon University’s Sustainability Master Plan (2015) includes an objective to “establish a carbon neutral university by 2037”, which carries over from the initial Sustainability Master Plan (2006-2007).
Elon’s Dining Services has taken on a number of sustainability initiatives.
Since FY 03, Elon’s square footage has more than doubled, yet overall the campus’ energy utilization index (Btu per square foot) has decreased by more than 30%.
Landscaping & grounds
Elon is known for having a beautiful campus, but most people do not know it is a Botanical Garden and maintained in an environmentally sensitive manner.
Through its purchasing choices, Elon has the ability to influence the market and educate the campus and surrounding community.
Elon uses technological solutions to reduce paper usage and energy consumption.
With a goal of climate neutrality by 2037, Elon uses, encourages and supports transportation that reduces carbon emissions.
All trash, recycling and composting is managed by Environmental Services.
Conserving water is essential in the drought prone southeast. Elon is doing its part in a number of ways.