Sustainable Haverford

Sites at Haverford College that represent important developments in sustainability

  • 10 Railroad Ave

    The boiler in 10 Railroad Ave was replaced with an ultra-efficient condensing boiler.

    10 Railroad Boilers
  • Alumni Field House

    Every light in the Field House has its own sensor to conserve energy.

    Alumni Field House
  • Arboretum

    All 216 acres of Haverford's campus are maintained as an arboretum. The Arboretum practices sustainable management of all the trees and horticultural elements of campus. The Arboretum staff is headquartered in the facilities building.

    Facilities Building
  • Bike Shed & Bus Shelter

    A project of the BiCo Architecture Club, this timber-framed bike shed/bus shelter is the headquarters for the Campus Bike Share program. The Bike Share lends out bikes for student use.

    Blue Bus stop exterior
  • Building Automation System

    Facilities is able to manage environments throughout campus with the Automated Logic centralized system (not visible to the public).

    Facilities Building
  • Carousel Connections Garden

    The Haverford College Apartments feature a small garden maintained by the Carousel Connections organization.

  • Central Heating Plant

    The Central Heating Plant features a steam distribution system and is fueled on natural gas (less carbon-intensive than coal or fuel oil).

  • Dining Center

    The Dining Center met (and surpassed!) the "Real Food Challenge" goal of 20% local or sustainable foods by 2020. The Dining Center also features an aerobic digestor ("Munchy Crunchy Grinds Up Your Lunchy") to deal with food waste and a destratification fan to push warm air down in the winter.

    Dining Center
  • Douglas B. Gardner Integrated Athletic Center

    The GIAC is a LEED Gold building, featuring a white roof (keeping the building cool in the summer), lighting upgrades, and a solar hot water heating system.

    Gardner Integrated Athletic Center
  • Duck Pond

    The Duck Pond serves an important role in local stormwater management infrastructure by filtering runoff from Haverford Township.

    Ducks at the Duck Pond
  • Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

    The South Lot features electric vehicle charging stations to increase ease-of-use of electric vehicles on campus.

    Electric car in parking spot on campus
  • Haverfarm

    The Haverfarm is a year-round farming and educational space designed to integrate sustainable food and agriculture into the academic and extracurricular lives of Haverford students, faculty, staff, and community members. With a focus on interdisciplinary and experiential learning, the Haverfarm invites students and other members of the community to engage with issues of food justice and local, progressive agriculture.

    Haverfarm sign
  • Haverfarm Headhouse

    The headhouse is the Haverfarm's headquarters and classroom area. The headhouse features solar panels and an attached greenhouse.

    The HaverFarm Greenhouse
  • Haverford College Apartments Garden

    The Haverford College Apartments contain an extension of the Haverfarm -- a vegetable garden open for use by students and the community.

    a patch of garden outside of HCA
  • Lutnick Library

    Lutnick Library was designed to LEED standards and features centrally automated lighting controls as well as daylight sensors for the lights. Outside the building is a rain garden to handle runoff.

    Lutnick Library exterior
  • Pollinator Garden

    Adjacent to the Duck Pond is 10 acres of land planted and maintained as a certified Penn State Pollinator Garden.

    pollinator garden
  • Sharpless Hall

    The Sharpless building is LEED certified. It features conference tables made from campus trees that had to be removed. It also has a daylight sensing system to adjust the lights.

    Sharpless Hall
  • Stokes Green Roof

    The Stokes building features a 5,700 ft green roof.

    Stokes Hall exterior
  • Tritton and Kim Hall

    Tritton and Kim are designed to LEED gold standards and both feature green roofs and pollinator gardens surrounding the buildings. They additionally feature an underground retention and relief system for stormwater runoff, solar lampposts, and low flow shower heads (all dorms now feature low flow shower heads).

    tritton and kim dorms at night with light shining from within
  • Visual Culture, Arts, and Media

    The VCAM was designed to LEED standards and features recovered wood, floor from the old gymnasium, and the elevated track from the old gymnasium. Outside there is a rain garden to handle the building's runoff.

    Front of VCAM