The New College House: LEED Silver Residence Hall

Franklin & Marshall College's New College House has received one of the highest designations for sustainable building under the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. 

Caroline Steinman Nunan Arboretum

Sustainability has been blended into every inch of F&M’s campus.  The college lands have been formal recognized as the Caroline Steinman Nunan Arboretum. This holistic approach utilizes landscaping to reduce energy consumption and retention ponds for storm water management.

Integrated Pest Management

Franklin & Marshall employs integrated pest management throughout campus.  This approach monitors the trees and plants  for insects, diseases of foliage, and diseases of soil.   This ensures the continued health of the campus Arboretum while protecting the environment. 

Reducing Storm Water on Campus

Rain Gardens

  • Rain Gardens

To help capture run off from buildings and impervious areas the College utilizes catchment basins and rain gardens through out campus.  The rain gardens around the New College House and in the Race Avenue Parking lot hold rainwater to be slowly released into the groundwater table.  

Porous Paving Around Campus

  • Race Ave. Lot
Race Avenue Parking Lot

With its rain gardens, gabions and porous asphalt, the lot is the only parking area on campus that contains all rainwater on site, thereby eliminating runoff into the Chesapeake Bay watershed. It includes space for 212 vehicles, 76 more than the lot that previously existed on the same stretch of land behind Benjamin Franklin Dining Hall.

Admissions Parking Lot and the Wies Hall Pathway are also constructed with porous asphalt.

Green Roofs on Campus

  • Green roofs on locations around campus, including the Wohlsen Center for the Sustainable Environment shown here, reduce energy required to cool and heat buildings, and retain water to decrease runoff during rainstorms. Goals of Franklin & Marshall's Sustainability Master Plan include reducing energy consumption 15 percent by 2020 and containing 100 percent of the stormwater produced on campus by 2030. (Photo by Tim Brixius)
Green Roofs reduce energy required to cool and heat buildings, and retain water to decrease runoff during rainstorms.  Franklin & Marshall has just over 13,500 square feet of green roofs divided up among five buildings on campus.  
Campus Conservancies 

Millport Conservancy

Millport Conservancy is a nonprofit organization that was created in 1988 by Robert and Carolyn Wohlsen, who purchased the Millport Roller Mills, along with auxiliary structures and surrounding farmland, in 1969. 

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Spalding Conservancy

The Conservancy is a 50+ acre property adjacent to F&M's sports fields at Baker Campus, one mile north-west of the main college campus on Harrisburg Pike.  Secondary forest, grasslands, and wetlands form the basis of the Conservancy's ecosystems. 

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