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Pictured below: Students work at Miller Farm, Earlham's experiential agriculture program.

Earlham enhancing reputation as national leader for sustainability performance

March 18, 2016

A growing commitment to environmental sustainability has earned Earlham College its highest rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

Earlham has achieved Silver status in 2016 by the AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS), a framework for colleges and universities worldwide that recognizes performance in sustainability. Earlham had previously earned a bronze rating based on 2013 reporting.

Miller Farm Copy“Our STARS rating of Silver showcases the progress and commitment to sustainability that Earlham has demonstrated in recent years,” says Jamey Pavey, director of the Integrated Program in Sustainability. “From our new environmentally conscious buildings to energy efficiency upgrades to student-faculty research, sustainability has become even more visible across campus than ever before.  This rating reflects the hard work of many committed members of the Earlham community.”

Students interested in sustainability at Earlham can take classes in Environmental Studies, Environmental Science, Biology and Peace and Global Studies. Earlham also offers a minor in Outdoor Education and pre-term wilderness excursions that promote environmental ethics.

Further opportunities for students to engage in faculty-mentored research in sustainability are integrated across the curriculum and also through community-based projects in Richmond and the surrounding area Recent gradates like Rosalyn Endlich ’12 took her passion for sustainability with her after Earlham by earning a prestigious Fulbright scholarship to conduct research on urban agriculture in Toronto. The scholarship also supported her enrollment in graduate school.

On campus, Earlhamites become leaders in environmental sustainability on campus by participating in the Eco Reps, Student Sustainability Corps or the College’s experiential agriculture program at Miller Farm, initiatives that are supported by the Integrated Program in Sustainability.

In recent years, Earlham has also invested heavily in energy efficiency projects. In 2015, the College committed $3.5 million to a new facility assessment and energy-savings project that is on its way to reducing energy consumption across campus by nearly 25 percent.

Since 2013, the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program has recognized four building projects on campus. Both the Center for Science and Technology and Center for Visual and Performance Arts earned LEED Gold certification.  Renovations to Stanley and Tyler halls earned LEED Silver and basic certification, respectively.

A highlight of the Center for Science and Technology is a ground-source geothermal system that heats and cools the building and uses half of the energy per square foot compared to other buildings on campus.

In addition to recognition from the AASHE, Earlham is also recognized annually as one of Princeton Review’s “Green Colleges” and one of the nation’s “Greenest” colleges by the Sierra Club.

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Earlham College, a national liberal arts college located in Richmond, Indiana, is a "College That Changes Lives." We expect our students to be fully present: to think rigorously, value directness and genuineness, and actively seek insights from differing perspectives. The values we practice at Earlham are rooted in centuries of Quaker tradition, but they also constitute the ideal toolkit for contemporary success. Earlham is one of only 40 national liberal arts colleges ranked among U.S. News and World Reports' "Great Schools at a Great Price."


 Brian Zimmerman is director of media relations at Earlham College. He can be reached at (765) 983-1256 and zimmebr@earlham.edu.



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