Gateway continues to increase awareness of sustainability issues among campus and community members through education and outreach and empower students, staff and community members to take sustainability actions.
The Workforce and Economic Development Division hold several lecture series at the Center for Sustainable Living, focusing on sustainability starting at home. Some examples of past expert-led seminars include:
- Putting Your Garden to Bed
- Are You Losing Heat?
- What Degree of Green Are You?
An annual Celebrate Earth Day event helps community members become better environmental stewards. All three main campuses host the event with activities including seminars, workshops, demonstrations and green vendors.
Gateway holds green business practice seminars to help local business leaders learn how to make sustainability a permanent part of their operations.
For more information, please contact Stephanie Sklba, Vice President, Community and Government Relations, (262) 564-2662.
Gateway in Action
The Green Scholars program provides students the opporunity learn about sustainability, become involved in "green" projects and practices and earn recognition when they graduate. Students earn points for specific green activities, such as using compact fluorescent or LED light bulbs, packing waste-free lunches, riding a bicycle or public transit, or buying an energy-efficient refrigerator. Those who collect at least 50 points are recognized upon graduation as Green Scholars.
The goal of the Sustainable Living club is to help students identify and understand sustainable living opportunities in the community and align with Gateway's vision of sustainability. Participants will work with area high school environmental clubs, the Center for Sustainable Living, the Horticulture program and other groups to promote Gateway’s sustainable living initiatives.
Gateway’s GreenPrint initiative is aimed at reducing the college’s carbon footprint by streamlining ink cartridge recycling, reducing the number of machines in use and eliminating unnecessary printing. The effort requires staff and students to use more centrally located machines and to login to print, allowing the college to track paper and energy usage.