Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.39
Liaison Brian Liechti
Submission Date March 4, 2020

STARS v2.2

Warren Wilson College
PRE-3: Institutional Boundary

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete N/A Margo Flood
Sustainability Project Coordinator
Finance and Administration
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Institution type:
Baccalaureate

Institutional control:
Private non-profit

A brief description of the institution’s main campus and other aspects of the institutional boundary used to complete this report:

Warren Wilson's campus is comprised of 1,050 contiguous acres in the Swannanoa Valley of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, bordered by the Swannanoa River and 10 miles east of Asheville, NC.

The College's land includes a 600-acre managed forest, a 300-acre working farm, 100 acres of managed core campus lands, and 11 acres of gardens which include vegetables, flowers and herbs, orchards, bee hives, an herb processing shed and native plant hoophouses. Beside the gardens are the recycling and composting centers and the stables for the draft horses who help to plow the fields and assist the Forestry Crew in pulling downed trees from the land. Every aspect of this landscape is tended by students through the College's Work Program.

Beyond the farm, closer to the river, the campus is home to an archaeological site, excavated by Warren Wilson's archaeology professor in the 1980's, of significant native encampments ranging from the Early Archaic period of 6000 to 8000 BC to the more recent Cherokee site from 1500 AD.

Core campus includes five LEED-certified buildings that serve as demonstration sites for energy efficient design. The LEED-Platinum Ecodorm, certified in 2003, was the first LEED-Platinum EB certified dorm in the nation. The LEED-Gold Orr Cottage, certified in 2005, was the first LEED Gold certified building on a college campus in North Carolina.

The campus not only serves as a dynamic living laboratory for broad learning, the land itself provides food for the College cafeteria and for the region, wood for campus building projects, undergraduate research opportunities, managed wildlife habitats and a 40-mile trail system that is open to the public.


Which of the following features are present on campus and which are included within the institutional boundary?:
Present? Included?
Agricultural school No No
Medical school No No
Other professional school with labs or clinics (e.g. dental, nursing, pharmacy, public health, veterinary) No No
Museum No No
Satellite campus No No
Farm larger than 2 hectares or 5 acres Yes Yes
Agricultural experiment station larger than 2 hectares or 5 acres No No
Hospital No No

The rationale for excluding any features that are present from the institutional boundary:

Within the College's boundaries are rental houses and privately owned homes. These homes are excluded from the STARS report because the renters/owners are responsible for all utility payments and the carbon footprint of their properties.


Additional documentation to support the submission :
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GIS data and information from the College's land managers and archaeology professor was gathered for this report.

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