Green Grade

What's your Green Grade?

So what, you didn't earn an "A" in Advanced Engineering and Physics of Neuroanatomy? You still have a chance to earn a high Green Grade. By calculating your Green Grade, you're able to measure how "green" you are. Green Grade highlights your areas for improvement and areas where you excel.

It may not seem like your actions alone make a big impact, but collectively, sustainable lifestyle choices help reduce our total ecological footprint. As a resident at Westminster, you can make a powerful difference with your everyday choices.

Those who have the greenest living practices (and thus earn a high Green Grade) can gain a spot on the "Green's List."

How Green Grade Works

The program is organized into a Sustainability "Course" Catalog with 8 "courses" (short sections) that must be completed in order to earn a Green Grade.

Each section asks 3-7 questions about behaviors in that area. Please answer every question, choosing the answer that most accurately reflects your current habits. After you complete all 8 sections, your Green Grade is calculated based on your responses. You will be advised a "Major" and "Minor" for the areas where you clearly excelled. You can also be put on "Environmental Probation" for classes in which you are practicing sub-par sustainable behaviors.

Take the Green Grade Quiz!

Complete the online Green Grade quiz and you will receive your GreenScript via email (this could take up to a week). Once you receive your GreenScript, stop by the Environmental Center (located in Bassis) to pick up your prize if you live off campus, or check your mail for the prize if you live on campus!

Why Green Grade

Did you know that Westminster College has a Climate Action Plan? Our goal is to become a carbon-neutral campus by the year 2030. This challenging goal will be more attainable if the Westminster community incorporates sustainable behaviors into their daily lives.

As a member of Westminster College, you have the power to make a difference with your lifestyle choices. It may not seem like your actions have a large impact, but they really do. Making sustainable choices will help reduce our footprint and make strides towards Westminster's carbon neutral goal!

Making small lifestyle changes is not as difficult as you think. The Green Grade quiz will give you ideas to use in the future, and you may already live by some of these environmentally-conscious behaviors. This program is meant to educate, and it can provide you with the recognition you deserve for already making the sustainable choice!

By proudly publicizing your Green Grade, you will be serving as a leader and a positive influence on the campus community. Your positive behaviors will encourage others to follow suit and live more sustainable lifestyles. Being green is not a sacrifice, it's a way of life that benefits everyone.

Thanks for making this world a happier place to live!

Sustainability Courses

This course takes an in-depth look at how to save a butt-load of electricity. This course will illuminate the connection between pushing "on" buttons and increasing Westminster's carbon footprint.

The course is designed to empower students with a variety of highly complex skills, such as unplugging things and putting on a sweater. Students will be charged to consider electricity as the chief campus contributor to climate change.


Flip the Switch 101

Course Readings:

Learn more about what greenhouse gasses are and where they come from


Energy myths revealed

This course explores connections between wasting water and the effect it can have on natural waterways. For example, the fact that the Colorado River can no longer reach the sea. We will take an in-depth approach to methods of showering, washing hands, and brushing teeth.

It is important for students to know that we live in a desert, and water waste is not something to be taken lightly. The practical analysis of our dry climate will lead students to not be water-hogs. This course is well suited for anyone whose body is up to 75% water.


Tap-Water for the Win 101

Course Readings:

Water Footprint Calculator

Water Conservation Tips

Help Save the Colorado River!

A study of how individuals and organizations dispose of their waste. We will cover the theories surrounding the nation's and world's waste production as a whole.

  • We will highlight the fact that Americans throw away their weight in garbage every month.
  • We will include a study of the relationship between not recycling and the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (a big patch of plastic twice the size of Hawaii that floats in the Pacific Ocean).
  • The disparity between resource input and waste output will be examined (i.e. closing the loop).

Reducing and Reusing 101

Course Readings:

Over-consumption and Our Garbage by the Numbers

5 facts about the global wasting of food

We will explore applications of how you're getting yourself places. We will analyze the variables that contribute to your impact on air quality, and awareness of SLC's summer and winter inversion are highlighted.

The concept of "smogging" (putting out airborne, cancer-causing pollutants that other people have to breathe) will be particularly stressed.

By the end of this course, you will know that your student ID is actually a UTA bus pass, how to rent a bike from Westminster Bike Collective (or learn to fix your own), and how to effectively bum rides up the canyons.


Transit 101

Course Readings

What's SLC's air quality today?

Stop smogging. Get your bike fixed for free.

This course takes an in-depth look at what you put in your mouth. It includes an integrated approach to discovering healthier and more sustainable food options.

We will explore the concept of "Vagrant Vegetables," a phenomenon in which veggies and other foods travel an average of 1,300 miles from farm to fork. Connections will be made between Vagrant Vegetables and climate change (one year of importing foods to California created the equivalent in Greenhouse gasses of nearly 40,000 cars on the road*).

The course will especially highlight effective means for students to kick their Vagrant Vegetable habit. Learning goals emphasized will include masticating skills, digestive capacities, and ethical chewareness."


Intro to Home Cookin'

Course Readings:

FAQ's about Organic Food

Real Food Challenge

Seafood Watch—find sustainable wild fish

A descriptive introduction to stuff you can buy that doesn't screw up the environment. Designed as a first course in the area of only buying stuff you need instead of things you just want.

Special attention is given to the fact people who shop at vintage stores look better anyway, and that Americans annually spend 1.2 trillion dollars on crap they don't need, which equals the GDP of Mexico*.

This course explores Advanced Cleaning Theory and questions all the nasty chemicals you don't have to clean with. We will especially focus on the fact that drinking bottled water is lame.


Intro to Poppin' Some Tags

Course Readings:

Why Buy Local?

Why Thrift Stores are Awesome

We will explore theories and practical applications of getting your butt off the couch and doing something. This course is designed to get students engaged with something other than their cell phones, and in conversations about more important things than the Kardashians.

This course will highlight the connections between campus involvement and making really cool friends. Skills developed will include going to meetings and events for reasons other than free food, changing the status quo, and learning how to make a positive impact on the world.


Caring about your Community 101

Course Readings:

Volunteer for Westminster's Environmental Center

Environmental Studies at Westminster

Pick two sustainable behavior commitments or goals to works towards incorporating in your life as a result of taking the Green Grade quiz.