Willamette shares a robust vision of sustainability through its “Four E’s” approach: “Education,” teaching ecological literacy; “Environment,” creating a smaller ecologic footprint; “Equity,” social justice; and “Economics,” sustainable campus operations. The university recently formed its Sustainability Institute and hired a full-time director to administer a host of academic, co-curricular and operational initiatives. This includes management of Willamette’s 305-acre Zena Forest property. At Zena, students take advantage of diverse experiences and research opportunities — from sustainable forestry to art, writing, astrophysics and more. One student built a wind turbine. Others worked with a professor to write a book about the history of Zena Forest. Another used Zena’s observatory to study a pulsating star. Students are working now on interpretive maps for visitors. Students can borrow outdoor gear, check out a bike from the on-campus bike shop, join a range of clubs involved in environmental and social justice issues, and apply for funding to support their own projects or research interests. A Flex Car program encourages students to use alternate modes of transportation, and the plentiful, student-led Campus Recreation trips use school vans. With so much happening on and near campus, many students forego personal vehicles altogether while attending. Willamette is dedicated to decreasing its carbon footprint. The newest campus building is LEED-certified, and the university is accredited by Oregon Tilthe for its sustainable landscaping practices. Recent eco-friendly installations include a range of energy efficient lighting and utility upgrades, photo-voltaic panels, solar hot water heating, rainwater reclamation for flushing toilets, low-flow plumbing fixtures, water bottle filling stations and the use of wind power offsets.
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Sustainability-focused degree available
School employs a sustainability officer
Public GHG inventory plan
% food budget spent on local/organic food
Available Transportation Alternatives
Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.