Frequently Asked Questions: Facilities & Operations

How is dining services doing its part to be more sustainable?

Dining Services is contracted through Sodexo.   For more information, go to Winthrop Dining Services Sustainability.

Is there a no-idling policy on campus?

Yes. The Vehicle No Idling Policy applies to employees and students using personal or Winthrop University gasoline, diesel powered passenger vehicles, and light trucks. Vehicles should be turned off if idling more than 30 seconds. Larger diesel vehicles operating under a heavy load should be allowed to idle for 3 minutes to cool down. Vehicles should not be left running while unattended. The operator of the vehicle/equipment should turn off the unit and remove the keys from the ignition. Visitors to campus, including buses and contractor/vendor vehicles, are subject to the same policy as employees and students and will be asked to comply.

What kinds of sustainable initiatives influence landscaping and grounds maintenance on campus?

In the gardens on Campus Green, Winthrop uses mulch created from trees removed from campus.   We prioritize planting native species when possible as they are adapted to the local climate, soil, native pollinators, and require less water.  Winthrop has also installed a number of theme gardens that provide food (nectar and pollen) to reverse the decline of native pollinators.