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The Ullem Center for Sustainability

The Ullem Center for Sustainability invites students to engage with hands-on sustainability and agricultural initiatives. The building features a spacious, flexible interior equipped with resource-saving systems that demonstrate practical ways to enhance environmental quality. The surrounding 12-acre property offers opportunities for education, food production and community engagement for DePauw and Greencastle.

We encourage students to utilize the Ullem Center for studying and bonding with one another at a safe distance!

CURRENT HOURS: Monday through Friday from 8:00-5:00, with the exception of Tuesday, when the Ullem Center is closed for SLP meetings. A maximum of 5 people are allowed at a time, and masks are required.  (Updated 3/1/21) 

 Ullem Center sustainable features

As a hub for sustainability on campus, the Ullem Center was built with various sustainable features including:

  • Radiant heating uses the building's solar panels to collect energy from ultraviolet light to heat coils of water under the floor
  • With no traditional air conditioning unit, a large ceiling fan and exhaust fan circulate air and keep the building cool while using less energy.
  • LED lighting is activated through occupancy sensors and is more energy efficient and longer lasting than other commercial lighting.
  • Low-flow sinks and toilets conserve water.
  • Landscaping features edible and pollinator-friendly perennial fruit bushes, flowers and herbs.
  • On-site composting supports healthy soils on the farm while keeping biodegradable materials out of landfills and reducing associated emissions.

Student and community resources

Many resources are available to students, faculty members, and community members, including:

  • Place-based applied learning related to resource conservation, sustainable agriculture, green buildings, native plants and more.
  • Volunteering opportunities for team-building and leadership.
  • A library of educational resources on the environmental and social aspects of farming and consumer habits.
  • A fully stocked kitchen available for experimental, farm-fresh cooking.
  • Dynamic seating for hosting classes, meetings and other events for intimate and large groups.
  • An outdoor classroom that features chalkboards, picnic seating and a porch swing.
  • A lofted office that provides a working space for students and faculty.
  • An attractive and comfortable space with natural light for students to study, socialize and decompress.