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Students can get involved with sustainability at Earlham in lots of ways, from paid positions with the Student Sustainability Corps to living on the Sustainability Floor in Olvey-Andis Residence Hall to volunteering at the Free Store.


Many of the sustainability initiatives are coordinated by members of the Student Sustainability Corps (SSC). Open positions with the SSC are advertised via Handshake each semester. Gain great experience working on real-world problems on campus. Read more.

Several options exist to live in sustainability and/or environmentally themed housing on campus. For first-year students, consider the Sustainability Floor (currently the 3rd floor of Olvey-Andis). For second through fourth years, other options include Gurney House (Environmental), Foster House (Outdoor Education), Fry House (Sustainable Agriculture) and the Co-op Floor. See Living-Learning Communities for additional information.

Miller Farm has a long history of experiential learning and experimentation in sustainable agriculture practices. The Farm is located on back campus, just beyond the Suzanne Hoerner Equestrian Center. Check out what’s happening at the Farm by coming out for a Farm Day (Saturday mornings). Read more.

Many opportunities exist right on campus to enjoy the beauty of nature. Go hiking on backcampus, explore the Whitewater Gorge, or bike the Cardinal Greenway. Incoming first-year students should consider August Wilderness, a pre-orientation program that includes an 11-day backpacking experience in the Uinta Mountains of Utah. Students also can enroll in courses in Outdoor Education to improve skills in rock climbing, backpacking and canoeing. Read more.

Earlham has hybrid and city bikes available for daily use at no charge to members of the Earlham community. Mountain bikes are also available at $5/day. Enroll in the bike share, then head to Public Safety to check out a bike!

Interested in getting involved? Consider volunteering to help reduce Earlham’s impact even more. Complete the volunteer form, and we’ll be in touch with more information!

Begin your exploration of the environment and sustainability before classes even start! Apply to participate in an EPIC Term pre-orientation program. The locally based PLACE — Environment & Community program will introduce you to the local environment in the Whitewater Valley, while the August Wilderness program will let you begin your college career with a wilderness expedition in the Uintas Mountains of Utah!  Read more.