Campus Initiatives

“Maryville University recognizes its important role in fostering and encouraging the development of environmental stewardship among the members of the community.

We accept that our academic setting is a part of the much larger regional, state, national, and global commons and that our campus offers us an opportunity to learn and share our findings for the benefit of all. We realize that positive steps can and must be taken to plan for and use natural resources and energy sources in a sustainable manner. We take the position that our campus can be a working model for sustainable design, operations and maintenance of our physical plant, campus landscape, and remaining natural environment. We have an will continue to reduce, reuse and recycle all of our resources that we use in our daily activities. We will try in every practical way to reduce our current carbon footprint so that energy losses and corresponding costs can be reduced. We acknowledge that the green lifestyle has long-term economic, social, and public health dimensions and mutual benefits in the one sustainable world that we all share.”

Maryville Center for Sustainability Mission Statement (November 10, 2009)

LEED Buildings

Walker Hall and Saints Hall are Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified buildings. As the two newest buildings on campus, this is just the first step in making Maryville sustainable from the ground up.


Hydration Stations

Since November 10, 2011, Maryville University has been installing Hydration Stations around campus to help get rid of plastic water bottles in favor of refillable water bottles that last a lot longer. As of February 1, 2017, the campus has saved  683,171 plastic water bottles by using the Hydration Stations.


As it is said on Maryville’s campus: “When in doubt, recycle it!” This is
because Maryville has a Single Stream, Dirty MRF system. What this means is you can recycle anything you think can be recycled and the recycling plant sorts through things and will throw out anything that cannot be recycled.

Recycling Magnet 2016Corrugated Cardboard is recycled on campus through a
big blue bin behind the library. This is so the school can make money through recycling cardboard.

Be sure to save your aluminum cans too! There are places all over the area where you can get money for your aluminum cans. Perfect for the college student who is trying to make a little extra money.

Click here to see more about recycling on Maryville’s Campus.

Electronic Recycling

Electronic Waste (E-Waste) is filling our landfills at a dramatic rate. With new tech coming out left and right, it is important to consider the harmful effects of disposing such products in the wrong place. E-Waste contains heavy metals which build up over time and can prove to be dangerous in the future.

Some places offer exchange programs when you buy a new piece of tech, where you can get some money towards the newest device from your old gear. However, if that is not an option, think before you throw it in the trash. Maryville offers Electronic Recycling in the spring semester. Save your computer to be recycled into something better and end up helping the world.

Why E-cycling matters

Green Dining Certification

In 2013, Maryville University’s Gander Dining Hall became the first campus dining hall to be certified by the Green Dining Alliance. The audit done by GDA gave Gander Dining Hall a total of 163 points, earning the school a 4 Star Restaurant Certification. This means that Gander fully embraces industry norms for sustainable restaurant management and operations. greendining

As stated on their webpage, The Green Dining Alliance, an initiative of St. Louis Earth Day, is a program committed to working with restaurants in the St. Louis region to reduce their environmental impact.  By considering all areas of operations, the GDA puts a strong emphasis on reducing and composting restaurant waste, operating facilities with efficiency, and sourcing sustainable food, to-go ware and cleaning supplies.

Click here to learn more about the Green Dining Alliance.

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