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.


The pilot recycling program on campus has begun in faculty and staff offices, with hopes to expand to academic buildings and residence halls in the near future. The campus currently recycles paper, plastic, and cardboard. If there is not a recycling bin near your office or residence hall, you can drop off recycling at the Shelton Learning Commons, the Burton Center for Student Success, the Student Recreation Complex, and the Cannon Student Center.

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 Silver 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