Drew has a number of alternative transportation options
Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
Residence halls compete to show how much they #LoveTheForest by saving energy during the competition period (through Feb 19!). The more energy saved, the more you show your Love for The Forest! Why? Less energy means less fossil fuels are burned and less carbon emissions in the atmosphere to degrade our climate.
Did you know that Drew University has completed 5 building lighting retrofits that have reduced carbon emissions equivalent to planting 186 acres of forest?
Efforts are made every day to become a more sustainable university from the way buildings are designed to the dining services for students. The university has also done tremendous work to develop a Climate Action Plan to reach climate neutrality by 2035, pursuant to the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment.
From a Native Tree Policy to Environmentally Responsible Building Guidelines, Drew’s Sustainability Policies ensure a sustainable campus.
Drew University is dedicated to forest restoration efforts on campus and was a recipient of the NJ Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award. The forest and arboretum on campus is being restored and students are assessing the progress throughout the years. Students have coordinated Fern Fest for 16 years, and the campus comes together to replace a large patch of lawn from the center of campus with native ferns and wildflowers. A meadow was established in the summer of 2012 with the help of student and staff volunteers. The new LEED designed Ehinger Student Center has a rain garden.
Through the Center for Civic Engagement at Drew, sustainability efforts are spreading throughout the state of NJ, the United States and the world.
Drew is involved with numerous partners in the community. Drew has been involved in the Madison Green Fair since 2010. The University also has a formal partnership with Morristown Neighborhood House, which is a settlement house for under-served immigrant communities. Drew’s involvement in the Day Labor Community, a group of predominantly Hispanic men, promotes programmatic goals and fair treatment by offering English language course and technological guidance. The University also contributes to after school programs in the local area and Newark through Pathways to Work, Citizen Schools, and the Marion Bolden Student Center. Drew University also works with a variety of other non-profits by sending interns and students. Some of these non-profit programs are Homeless Solutions, Deirdre’s House, Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey, Furniture Assistant, Timeout Madison, and Jersey Battered Women Service.
Since 2009, Drew has planned an alternative spring break trip to Harlan, Kentucky where students will learn about how coal mining affects the community.
Drew University is not only devoted to creating a sustainable campus, it is also committed to providing top sustainability education. The Environmental Studies & Sustainability (ESS) Program offers students the opportunity to major or minor in a degree program studying real-world global issues and coming up with solutions.
Faculty throughout all three schools at Drew focus on courses related to sustainability education. View a list of faculty involved in sustainability education.
There are many ways to get involved with sustainability at Drew. “What you can do” is a portal for all sustainable activities and actions for on and off campus.
These links contain options for students, faculty, and staff. Students interested in taking an active role in promoting sustainability on campus should consider being an Eco-Rep, joining or forming a club, taking a course related to sustainability. Faculty and staff can reach out to campus sustainability coordinator about the Drew Sustainability Committee and Green Office Certification.
Here are the many different ways to innovate, conserve and save by greening your living and working habits. https://www.drew.edu/sustainability/projects
Join one of our many environmental groups on campus and do your part.
Recycling is a community effort and state law in New Jersey!