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Sustainability Efforts at Garrett

Garrett Tower next to a large tree

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is committed to integrating ecologically regenerative perspectives and practices throughout the curriculum, worship and spiritual life, programming, buildings and grounds, and administrative operations of the seminary. Because the environmental crises we face are interconnected with matters of human justice, the seminary encourages efforts to tie our commitments to the healing of creation with the seminary’s long standing commitments to racial, gender, and socio-economic justice. 

sustainGETS Committee

The sustainGETS Committee is made up of faculty, staff, and students who oversee the seminary’s efforts to promote the just and wise use of God’s creation in all areas of our seminary life together.

Examples of Sustainable Practices

  • Campus wide recycling
  • Recycling bins and compost at seminary-owned apartment buildings
  • Campus wide use of green cleaning products (no bleach or harsh chemicals)
  • Updating air conditioners with energy efficient options
  • Putting in energy efficient pipe insulation
  • Designating a hybrid car parking spot in visitors lot
  • Updating lighting to be more energy efficient
  • Use of green products or products made with recycled content

LEED Gold Certified Loder Hall

Loder HallGarrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary was awarded a LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for the renovation of Loder Hall in November 2012. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Building Rating System is a feature-oriented rating system that awards points for satisfying specified green building criteria. Some of the improvements that qualified the building for LEED certification were: geo-thermal heating, motion sensor lights, wall and roof insulation, dual disposal water conservation commodes, and ENERGY STAR building materials.

Let Justice Roll Down! A Liturgical Resource Center

Let Justice Roll Down! is a liturgical resource center of the Chapel at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Its vision is to serve our incarnate God by envisioning a just earth, working for liberation, and learning from intersectionality as we worship our Creator in Spirit and truth. Let Justice Roll Down! accomplishes this task by creating and curating liturgical resources that call the church into ecological faithfulness. When we worship, we are formed to be like God, the One who lovingly created and cares for the whole of the cosmos. As we face the unprecedented challenges of climate change and environmental degradation, churches are uniquely positioned to organize for justice. The resources on this site are curated to assist worship planners in designing services that celebrate our Creator and call us to the task of joining the Creator's work in the world.