Muhlenberg named top performer in 2019 Sustainable Campus Index
Muhlenberg College has been recognized as a top performer in the 2019 Sustainable Campus Index, receiving a score of 100% for best practices in the area of water conservation. The college tied for fourth among higher education institutions nationally for water conservation and reuse.
The college was recognized for a 52% reduction in water usage over five years. Landscape initiatives included eliminating water hoses and favoring native plants and hardy grasses. The plant operations department also decentralized the boiler plant. The campus’ multiple new boilers use less water and are more efficient, leaky pipes are no longer in use and an organic water softener additive enables water to be reused in the boiler system, mitigating issues with Allentown’s hard water.