Office of Sustainability

Sustainability at W&L

Washington and Lee's motto is Non Incautus Futuri - not unmindful of the future. The University has been preparing students for a life of service as future leaders for over 250 years. Our present goal is to lead the way to a more sustainable future by developing a learning community whose members are mindful of their responsibility to future generations, sensitive to the stewardship of natural resources, and equitable in their social and economic relationships.

Campus Garden

The Campus Garden is a half of an acre garden that was started in the summer of 2008 with assistance from Dining Services, the Biology and University Facilities Management Departments, and Campus Kitchen. Read more about Campus Garden efforts, goals and volunteer opportunities.

Composting and Recycling

The Office of Sustainability, in conjunction with University Facilities and the University Sustainability Committee, has developed university policies and programs to minimize waste and create a more sustainable campus. Read about our programs here.

Campus Initiatives

Washington and Lee University seeks to continuously find new and innovative ways to improve sustainability efforts on campus. These are some of the invaluable sustainability efforts happening in other departments on campus.

Student Opportunities

There are a wide range of opportunities for students to get involved with sustainable efforts on campus. Find out about the various ways to participate.

W&L's Commitment

Washington and Lee University is committed to excellence in environmental, health and safety stewardship on our campus and in the larger community of which we are a part.

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Sustainability News

L. to r.: Chris Wise, environmental management coordinator, W&L; Kimberly Hodge Cowgill, director of sustainability initiatives and education, W&L; GCV President Jeanette Cadwallender; GCV Awards Committee Chairman Katherine Knopf; Larry Camper, chief of maintenance and operations, VMI; JB Harris, grounds shop supervisor, VMI; Lt. Col. Richard Fletcher, deputy post engineer, VMI; GCV Conservation and Beautification Committee Chairman Tuckie Westfall; Col. Jay Williams, post engineer, VMI.

Thursday, December 03, 2015

W&L, VMI Share Conservation Award

The Garden Club of Virginia has awarded its 2015 Elizabeth Cabell Dugdale Award for Meritorious Achievement in Conservation to Washington and Lee University.

Jerry Greenfield

Friday, March 20, 2015

Jerry Greenfield, of Ben & Jerry's Fame, to Speak at W&L

Jerry Greenfield, of Ben and Jerry's ice cream fame, will speak at Washington and Lee University on March 23 at 7 p.m. in Evans Hall. The event, sponsored by Contact, is co-sponsored by the J. Lawrence Connolly Center for Entrepreneurship, the Office of Sustainability and the Office of Student Affairs.

Jane Goodall

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Jane Goodall to Speak at Washington and Lee University

Washington and Lee's Contact Committee will present Jane Goodall, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace, who will speak on Thursday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Lee Chapel. The title of Goodall's talk is "Sowing the Seeds of Hope."