Winthrop University: Office of Sustainability - Resources
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Office of Sustainability
349 Columbia Avenue
Rock Hill, SC 29733
803/323-4295 (Fax)

Office of Sustainability


Resources - Dacus Library

Consider using the library as a sustainable alternative to purchasing books individually. Doing so builds and strengthens community while saving natural resources. Winthrop's Dacus library has an excellent collection of resources (pdf - 90 KB) that focus on sustainability and the three dimensions of sustainability: social, economic, and environmental. 

The following resources are not specific to any initiative at Winthrop and are not an endorsement of any individual agency or initiative. This information is only provided as a resource that can provide information about sustainability, sustainable practices, and/or for research projects.

Carbon Footprint Calculators

A carbon footprint is a measure of direct emissions of greenhouse gasses (GHG) through transport, land clearance, manufacturing, and the production and consumption of food, fuels, consumables, wood, roads, buildings, and services that cause climate change into the atmosphere. What is your carbon footprint? Use the following links to find out!

Ecological Footprint Calculators

Your ecological footprint is a measure of bio-capacity or human demand on the planet's ecosystems and associated waste generated; the measure of how much land and ocean is necessary to maintain the resources humans consume and ultimately dispose of.  Do you know what your ecological footprint is?  Use the following links to find out!

Supplementary Information

  • Architecture 2030 - A non-profit, non-partisan, and independent organization, was established in response to the climate change crisis by architect Edward Mazria in 2002. 2030's mission is to rapidly transform the U.S. and global building sector from the major contributor of greenhouse gas emissions to a central part of the solution to the climate change, energy consumption, and economic crises. Thegoal is straightforward: to achieve a dramatic reduction in the climate-change-causing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of the building sector by changing the way buildings and developments are planned, designed, and constructed.
  • Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) - As an institutional member, Winthrop University is committed to sustainability and to serving as a positive example through sustainable practices. AASHE is helping to create a brighter future of opportunity for all by advancing sustainability in higher education. By creating a diverse community engaged in sharing ideas and promising practices, AASHE provides administrators, faculty, staff and students, as well as the business that serve them, with: thought leadership and essential knowledge resources; outstanding opportunities for professional development; and a unique framework for demonstrating the value and competitive edge created by sustainability initiatives. 
  • Builders of Hope - Their mission is to seek to increase the availability of high-quality, safe, affordable, and workforce housing options. Through innovative reuse and rehabilitation we incorporate economic benefits, environmental stewardship, and social solutions. As social entrepreneurs, Builders of Hope sustainably revitalizes at-risk communities - one home, one family, one life at a time.
  • Center for Biological Diversity - Provides information about the importance of diversity and how human society can "secure the future of all species ...".  The Web site offers links to programs supporting endangered species, climate, oceans, and urban wildlands.
  • Chimney Swifts (a project of the Driftwood Wildlife Association) - Have you have wondered what other living organisms share our campus habitat? Did you know that we have chimney swifts living on campus?  There are chimney swifts living right here on campus. Two parents and their offspring can consume over 12,000 flying insects every day! Chimney swifts typically arrive in the United States in late March and return to the Amazon Basin of Peru in early November where they winter. Chimney swifts are protected by state wildlife codes and federal law under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1916. However, the chimney swift population is declining because of habitat loss. The purpose of this site is to promote the conservation of chimney swifts through public education, preservation of existing habitat, and creation of new nesting and roosting sites. 
  • Clean Air Carolina - "Clean Air Carolina envisions a future in which residents understand the connection between clean air and physical health and are working to ensure NC's air quality meets or exceeds science-based air quality standards that protect public, environmental, and economic health."
  • Creation Justice Ministries -Works in cooperation with national bodies of Protestant denominations, Orthodox communions, regional faith groups, and congregants to protect and restore God's creation. A variety of resources are available.
  • The Environmental Magazine - Since its inception, the mission has remained the same: to provide information about environmental issues and to share ideas and resources so that readers can live more sustainable lives and connect with ongoing efforts for change.
  • Envision Charlotte - Believes environmental sustainability, when combined with a pro-business approach, benefits the regional economy and is achieved through perpetual, formal stewardship of defined resources in the environment in the areas of energy, water, air, and waste.
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - Their mission is to protect human health and the environment. On-line resources are available that provide information on a variety of environmental topics including air, climate change, green living, pesticides, chemicals, toxics, waste, and water.
  • Green America - Green America's mission is to "harness economic powerthe strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplaceto create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society."  Green America's website provides information on several topics including climate, fair trade, social investing, and living green.
  • Inhabitat - A Web log devoted to the future of design, tracking the innovations in technology, practices and materials that are pushing architecture and home design towards a smarter and more sustainable future. Other topics posted include insight to a variety of social and environmental issues.
  • Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center - Since its inception in 1999, the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center's mission has been to improve the quality of life in communities through the increase of safe walking and bicycling as a viable means of transportation and physical activity.
  • Rock Hill Bicycle Club (RHBC) - Represents a collection of recreational riders, racers, and mountain bikers. As of 2005, the club has been in existence for over 25 years, with a membership of more than 100 riders. Known for its growing sports market, York County is one of the fastest growing regions in the United States, just minutes south of Charlotte, NC. While many RHBC members reside in York County, many others hail from neighboring Lancaster and Chester Counties as well as North Carolina cyclists from Mecklenburg, Gaston, and Union Counties.
  • The Story of Stuff Project - Created by Annie Leonard and her friends at Free Range Studios in 2000, The Story of Stuff Project an effort to bring awareness  to share "what she'd learned about the way we make, use, and throw away stuff." Consider how your buying habits contribute to sustainability, i.e., how what you buy can simultaneously advance economic vitality, ecological integrity, and social welfare.

Last Updated: 8/5/19