​Campus Sustainability Initiatives

Findlay Greenhouse

The Importance of Sustainability on Campus


With more than 200 acres of "campus," including two farms and a 54-acre Center for Habitat Studies, University of Findlay recognizes the social and economic value of sustainable practices.

In fact, in 2014, the University received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the national organization, America in Bloom, for its environmental initiatives.

Findlay Green Campus Initiatives (FGCI)

FGCI is a group whose mission is to empower the entire UF community to adopt an environmentally conscious culture and continually improve the sustainability practices of the institution.


Ongoing Projects


Findlay Greens, Inc. - a student-run business that provides fresh, local produce inside a hoop house style greenhouse and summer garden on campus. The greens are then available for purchase once a week to the campus community. A limited number of CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) shares are also available each year to faculty and staff.


Recycling on Campus - University of Findlay strives to make recycling on campus convenient. Nearly 10 different types of commonly used materials are recycled through a partnership with H&O Services, a local waste management business. 


Bicycle Loan through the Recycle Cycle Program -  This program was created as a convenience for students and as a way to promote bicycle use as an alternative to driving on campus. More than half of all bicycles used on campus are owned by this program.


A Sustainable Campus

Our Green Davis Street Building - Construction of a major addition to the Davis Street Building in 2012 incorporated energy-saving features such as a geothermal heating and cooling system, computerized light sensors and refillable water bottle stations (just to name a few). This energy-efficient addition even won a global award from The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning in 2014.


Rieck Center for Habitat Studies - 54-acre Nature Preserve - With continuous help from volunteers, students, community members, and faculty of University of Findlay, the Rieck Center for Habitat Studies is a productive and rewarding non-profit institution for learning and conservation of nature.


University Gardens - The Sensory Garden, Rain Garden, and Greenhouse serve as therapeutic and educational resources on the University campus.


Solar Powered Student Housing  - University of Findlay operates two student houses that receive more than 70 percent of their power from alternative energy sources.    



Academic Programs

Findlay's Environment, Health, Safety (EHS) and Sustainability Program includes an emphasis in sustainability.



The Sustainability Concepts and Practices Minor is available to add to any major for students who are passionate about impacting the environment.