Sustainability at W&L

At W&L, we are committed to the stewardship of natural resources and mindful of our responsibility to future generations. Our commitment includes a plan to become carbon-neutral by 2050, and can be spotted in projects big and small across campus, such as our half-acre campus garden, robust composting and recycling programs, and rooftop solar panels and LEED certifications on some buildings. 

Students get involved by participating in the Energy Education Program, working with the Office of Sustainability, living in Sustainability House, or participating in internships with local organizations that share a dedication to positive environmental stewardship.

Campus Garden

A Community Garden

Produce from our organic garden contribute to meals in university dining venues and is shared with Campus Kitchen, which combats hunger in the local community. The garden also serves as an education space for interested students.

Composting and Recycling

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

A major part of our strategy revolves around the three Rs: reduce, reuse and recycle. We reduce our amount of material items through mindful purchasing, we reuse items or give them to others and recycle what can no longer be used.

Student Opportunities

Students in Action

Among many activities, students may also take classes in sustainability, live in the Sustainability House and get involved with several campus-based clubs and organizations committed to responsible consumption.

The Office of Sustainability

Campus-wide Efforts

Whether optimizing operations at the Central Power Plant or holding an energy-reduction contest, program staff are engaged in helping W&L work toward our goal of becoming carbon-neutral by 2050.