Green Initiative

In Spring 2018, the Outdoor Recreation Management program launched a new campus-wide Green Initiative, led by students known as the Green Team.

A $3,000 BB&T Leadership Initiative grant, with the sole purpose of bringing leadership opportunities to campuses nationwide, will give the Green Team the ability to implement a recycling plan for both residence halls and academic buildings, a community garden, and compost program.

Lees-McRae proudly embodies the motto—In Montibus, Ex Montibus, Pro Montibus—which translates to in the mountains, of the mountains, for the mountains. The College’s history is deeply rooted in the Appalachian Mountains, and as inhabitants, it is crucial to ensure the mountains remain for future generations.


Last spring, several Outdoor Recreation Management students formed the Green Team and created the Lees-McRae Green Initiative to oversee recycling, the community garden, composting, and litter pick up to make our campus a greener place. After hard work and dedication, the Green Team in partnership with Facility Services is proud to announce campuswide recycling beginning Monday, March 18.
New recycling locations can be found in the Avery Residence Hall laundry room, Tate Residence Hall trash room, lobbies of both Tennessee and Virginia Residence Halls, and the first floor of Baldwin, Bentley, McMillan, and Cannon Residence Halls.
Currently, recycling is taking place in a handful of faculty and staff offices across campus as well as the Shelton Learning Commons and a variety of classrooms. Recycling pick-up will occur once per week and will increase frequency as necessary.
Reminder: Clear trash bags in blue bins indicate recycling and black trash bags in black bins indicate trash. We recycle paper, cardboard, plastic, and aluminum all together—no sorting is necessary! We do not recycle glass at this time. Cardboard needs to be broken down and set beside the recycling bins—not inside.
Join us in transitioning our culture and habits to one that promotes recycling and reduction—in, of, and for the mountains!

Community Garden

Located behind the McRae House, the Community Garden is open for seasonal rentals. Groups of students (residence halls, academic departments, athletics teams), as well as faculty and staff, are currently utilizing space in the garden. Spaces open yearly so consider reserving a future garden spot for your group.


Personal composting bins are given out to students, faculty, and staff on campus so food waste can be collected and not discarded. Individuals with compost bins can drop their bin contents at the larger compost bins located in the Community Garden.

Bicycle and Pedestrian

Lees-McRae is designated as a Gold Bicycle Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists. This area of the Green Initiative understands that automobile ownership can be expensive and that utilizing a bicycle or walking as a means of transportation can reduce car usage on campus, contributing to a healthier lifestyle and environment. This area involves bicycle, pedestrian, and motorist education and safety; access to bicycles; and improvement of bicycle infrastructure and parking. 


Student Leaders
Thank you to our Green Initiative student leaders: Dagny Palmer, Leigh Ann Wilson, Shelby Horton, and Avery Lineberger

Contact Us

Katie Wall
Assistant Professor of Outdoor Recreation Management
Director of the BB&T Leadership Initiative