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Earlham College is engaged in many ongoing efforts to balance the environmental, economic, and social impacts of campus operations. From recycling to energy conservation to the use of safer cleaning products, these efforts reflect collaboration among many different offices on campus to achieve Earlham’s sustainability goals.

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Earlham provides single-stream recycling in all buildings on campus. Residents of college-owned houses recycle through the City of Richmond. Earlham also offers battery recycling and periodic e-waste recycling drives. Read more.

Earlham currently collects pre-consumer organic wastes from food services operations on campus and also collects compostable material from college-owned houses. Read more.

Earlham is committed to seeking LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification on all new buildings and major renovation projects. We currently have 2 LEED Gold Rated Buildings (new construction), 1 LEED Silver Rated Building (renovation), and 1 LEED Certified Building (renovation). Read more.

The Earlham Free Store is a place for useable items to be exchanged.  It is meant to help the Earlham community foster an economy of shared resources. The Earlham Free Store works to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in the landfill by giving unwanted items a second life. Read more.

The Green Office Program strives to educate offices/departments on campus about sustainable practices. Members of the Student Sustainability Corps conduct audits of office operations and make recommendations. Participating offices receive a rating based on practices implemented. Read more.

At the end of each semester, the Student Sustainability Corps coordinates a collection of usable items that students would otherwise dispose of and donates them to local charities or to our on-campus Free Store in an effort to reuse these items rather than send them to the landfill.

Aramark, the College's housekeeping service, is committed to eco-friendly cleaning and has transitioned the college's cleaning systems to "Blue Cleaning," a new technology that uses deionized water to clean hard and soft surfaces across campus without any chemicals.