What's your GPA?
So what, you didn't earn an "A" in Advanced Engineering and Physics of Neuroanatomy? You still have a chance to earn a high Green Point Average. By calculating your GPA, you're able to measure how "green" you are. GPA highlights your areas for improvement and areas where you excel.
It may not seem like your actions alone make a big impact, but collectively, sustainable lifestyle choices help reduce our total ecological footprint. As a resident at Westminster, you can make a powerful difference with your everyday choices.
Those who have the most green living practices (and thus earn a high GPA) can gain a spot on the "Green's List."
How GPA Works
The program is organized into a Sustainability "Course" Catalog with 8 "courses" (short sections) that must be completed in order to earn a GPA.
Each section asks 3-7 questions about behaviors in that area. Please answer every question, choosing the answer that most accurately reflects your current habits. After you complete all 8 sections, your GPA is calculated based on your responses. You will be advised a "Major" and "Minor" for the areas where you clearly excelled. You can also be put on "Environmental Probation" for classes in which you are practicing sub-par sustainable behaviors.
Take the GPA Quiz!
Complete the online GPA quiz and you will receive your GreenScript via email (this could take up at a week). Once you receive your GreenScript, stop by the Environmental Center (located in Bassis) to pick up your prize if you live off campus, or check your mail for the prize if you live on campus!
Get on the Green's List!
We have a variety of prizes for people who take the GPA quiz. Your score translates to certain prizes:
- 1.00–1.99: GPA sticker
- 2.00–2.49: GPA sticker and snack
- 2.50–2.99: GPA sticker, snack and GPA logo bag
- 3.00–4.00: GPA sticker, snack, GPA logo bag and customized mug
Earn a 3.00 or above across all categories and you will be put on the "Green's List."
Everyone who takes the quiz will receive a GPA sticker.
Why Green Point Average
Did you know that Westminster College has a Climate Action Plan? Our goal is to become a carbon neutral campus by the year 2030. This challenging goal will be more attainable if the Westminster community incorporates sustainable behaviors into their daily lives.
As a member of Westminster College, you have the power to make a difference with your lifestyle choices. It may not seem like your actions have a large impact, but they really do. Making sustainable choices will help reduce our footprint and make strides towards Westminster's carbon neutral goal!
Making small lifestyle changes is not as difficult as you think. The GPA quiz will give you ideas to use in the future, and you may already live by some of these environmentally-conscious behaviors. This program is meant to educate, and it can provide you with the recognition you deserve for already making the sustainable choice!
By proudly publicizing your GPA, you will be serving as a leader and a positive influence on the campus community. Your positive behaviors will encourage others to follow suit and live more sustainable lifestyles. Being green is not a sacrifice, it's a way of life that benefits everyone.
Thanks for making this world a happier place to live!