Sustainability Leadership

The 2018 Sustainability Leadership pre-orientation will have two trips:

On campus:

Spend the week on campus with guest speakers, a tour of campus sustainability initiatives, dinner straight from the Campus Garden and other locally sourced eateries. Day trips to neighboring locales may include information about sustainable agriculture, downtown revitalization, growth in mixed-use areas, farmer's markets, nutrition and cooking, biotechnology, renewable energy companies and government offices. Participate in active discussions throughout the week about leadership in areas of sustainability and one’s personal development.  

Off campus:

Travel to the town of Fries in Grayson County, Virginia, for a week of service projects, southwest Virginia culture, old-time music, and maybe even some flatfooting. Discuss sustainability through economic development opportunities, food access, cultural heritage, and community water supply.

Sustainability Leadership aims to:

  • Create an environment where members of the incoming class can get to know each other.
  • Introduce students to issues related to sustainability.
  • Connect incoming students with upper-division students who can provide information about all the different ways to get involved both in our campus community and in the Rockbridge area.

Sustainability Leadership programs are organized and facilitated by upper-division students in collaboration with the Student Affairs offices of Sustainability, Career Development, and Leadership Development. 

We look forward to your participation in this venture. We hope to make your introduction to Washington and Lee a memorable and meaningful experience. Questions or comments, please contact Kim Hodge at