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At Earlham, sustainability is integrated across the campus, in operations, academics, and student life. Internships, events, courses and themed residential options are just some of the many ways students are invited to engage with sustainability. From making the campus a sustainable place to live and learn to studying sustainability through the lenses of the environment, social justice, and economics, sustainability is a key part of the transformative education that Earlham prides itself upon.

The Comprehensive Sustainability Plan was originally written by the Environmental Responsibility Committee (predecessor to the Sustainability Progress Committee) in the 2011-2012 academic year. The document covers the broad categories of Operations, Community, Curriculum, and Coordination with specific, measurable goals in each area. The plan was updated in 2016 by a group of Environmental Studies seniors as their capstone project. Read the plan here.

This governance committee meets monthly and is charged with assessing the implementation of the Comprehensive Sustainability Plan.

Current committee members include:

  • Stacy Davidson, Vice President for Finance and Administration
  • Jamey Pavey, Director of the Environmental Leadership Program
  • Ian Smith, Director of Facilities
  • Steven May, Director of Food Services
  • Shane Peters, Senior Associate Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life
  • Patrick Barber, Assistant Professor of┬áChemistry
  • Seth Hopper, Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy
  • Corey Fritz, Assistant Director of EPIC Programs
  • Lauren Horton, Head Volleyball Coach
  • Bill Gray, Lead Master Electrician
  • Cynthia Grinspan, Administrative Assistant, Languages and Cultures
  • Elsa Hoover (EC Class of 2022)
  • Amelia Petras (EC Class of 2022)

STARS

The Sustainability Tracking and Rating System (STARS), managed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education is the assessment tool Earlham uses to track our sustainability progress. Earlham first submitted a report to AASHE STARS in 2010 and received a Bronze designation. Bronze was also received in 2013. In early 2016 the college re-submitted data to STARS and for the first time has achieved a Silver rating! Read about STARS on their website. See the press release on our achievement here!

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