Striving for a Brighter Tomorrow

Bucknell is taking action to create a more sustainable and abundant future.

From the researchers developing novel methods of generating power to facilities planners finding smart solutions to cut back Bucknell’s own consumption, sustainability is at the heart of the University’s values — and a goal we’re all invested in.

“At Bucknell, sustainability is more than just something we talk about. As one of the core pillars of our strategic plan, sustainability is central to our University’s mission.”

Jeff Loss, associate vice president for facilities

Solar Array

A newly installed 1.76-peak-megawatt, on-campus solar array — built in partnership with Encore Renewable Energy under the leadership of Encore CEO Chad Farrell ’92 — will supply the equivalent of approximately 7% of campus electrical usage, moving Bucknell closer to achieving carbon neutrality by 2030. It also offers abundant opportunities for teaching and research.

New Natural Pathway

The President’s Sustainability Council debuted the 4-mile Bucknell Greenway in fall 2022. The multi-use path opens a new avenue for fitness, transportation, safety and connection with nature.

Living Laboratory

Last year, in addition to its own programs, the Bucknell Farm partnered with more than 50 courses from all three colleges as well as three Residential Colleges, resulting in nearly 25% of Bucknell students having an on-site, hands-on experience at the farm.

Hyper-local Dining

Something new is sprouting in Bostwick and the Bison. Employing indoor Babylon Micro-Farms that use 96% less water and 55% less plastic than traditional farming, Bucknell Dining Services served up leaf lettuce, romaine, fresh mint and more — all grown right in the kitchen.

LEED Gold for Holmes Hall

Bucknell’s newest academic building, Holmes Hall, achieved LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Like all recently constructed buildings at Bucknell, Holmes was built to meet stringent environmental guidelines and to remain sustainable for decades to come.