A new deal will establish an offsite solar farm from which W&L will purchase energy equivalent to 100% of campus electricity use, allowing the university to lower greenhouse gas emissions, save money and close in on its goal of carbon neutrality.
Washington and Lee athletic teams partnered with Boxerwood’s COREworks program on community projects to offset carbon emissions in Rockbridge County.
W&L faculty and alumni will share their efforts on creating a more sustainable future.
Allie Stankewich '23 spent summer 2021 learning about public health in Uganda and green roofs in New York City.
The dedicated students on the crew are making W&L a more sustainable place.
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Policies adopted to combat COVID-19 led to novel changes in W&L's energy use in 2020.
A publication from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, the Sustainable Campus Index recognizes top-performing sustainable colleges and universities.
At W&L, Katherine Ingram '20 found a research interest—and a future profession—where environmental studies meets economics.
W&L's new outdoor classroom, which offers wireless technology, writing surfaces and movable furniture, opened for Fall Term 2019.
The Presidential Gala Dress Exchange allowed students to buy and sell formal dresses to wear to the event.
The rankings are based on the amount of renewable energy available per full-time equivalent student.
For the first time in W&L Mock Convention's 111-year history, sustainability is a key part of the plan.
Washington and Lee University has already exceeded carbon-reduction goals for 2013 and 2020. The latest updates keep the university on track to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.
The W&L Village PowerDown Challenge called for students to reduce electricity consumption for a month, and they came through with energy and creativity to win a grand prize that included a therapy dog visit.
Chad Ballard III ’06 cultivates a sustainable crop that also nurtures the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem.
At W&L, sustainability starts with a seed and blossoms into sea change. Take a peek inside our gardening and composting effort to see how it's impacting our community — and the future.
Becoming a part of the Outing Club at Washington and Lee completely changed Matt Richards's college experience. "My time with the Outing Club has without a doubt had the biggest impact on my time here," he said.
A market research project generated by W&L students is helping a Danish company to align its initiatives with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.
Stephanie Lind ’92 is on a mission to change the way people think about and eat meat.
As part of an art class, W&L students built the university’s first earth oven, which will be a permanent fixture in the Campus Garden.
The house's new Bike Shop offers free and low-cost rentals, lessons on bike maintenance, and opportunities for exploring the outdoors on two wheels.
As a senior ecologist with Trihydro Corp., Jana Heisler White '98 works on environmental protection and remediation.
During The Leading Edge Pre-Orientation Program on sustainability, first-year students were treated to a visit to Polyface Farms in Swoope, Virginia.
A passion for the outdoors led Taylor Cole '75 to launch a second career as co-founder of Conservation Partners in Lexington.
Studying the unlikely combination of geology and politics prepared Nova Clarke ’96 for a career as an award-winning environmental educator.
Gonz Ferrero ’04 and Lenny Enkhbold ’17 blend their shared concern for the environment with a dash of business savvy to promote eco-friendly outdoor wear.
The Darrold and Kay Cannan Associate Term Professor of Business Administration studies what she calls “the intersection of business and the natural environment.” She arrived at that spot after studying engineering, management, business — and philosophy.
For award-winning San Francisco architect Olle Lundberg ’75, sustainability is no trend — it is intrinsic to his profession.
Trash-sorting stations, one of the university's newest sustainability projects, send more material to recycling and compost bins instead of to the dump.
During a four-week internship with Enact Sustainable Strategies in Stockholm, Julia Carullo '20 has been inspired by Sweden's dedication to sustainability in business practices.
The W&L Office of Sustainability will hold the sale May 4 and May 11.
During Reading Days, some students went on short trips that complemented the service and learning they experience on campus.
Students on the Sustainability Leadership pre-orientation trip had a chance to meet local food producers and learn about W&L's commitment to the environment.
W&L has received a grant to help fund a new sub-metering project in the upper-division housing known as the Village.
W&L increases its STARS sustainability rating from a bronze to a silver.
Meet Tessa Horan '18, a pre-med, self-proclaimed "tree-hugger" with big plans for making the university - and the world - a little greener.
Taking part in the Sustainability Leadership Pre-Orientation Program allowed a group of Washington and Lee first-years to understand the many facets of creating and supporting sustainable communities.
New student-sourced sustainability initiatives get the green light on campus.
Student Group Gets Messy for the Environment.
The Garden Club of Virginia has awarded its 2015 Elizabeth Cabell Dugdale Award for Meritorious Achievement in Conservation to Washington and Lee University.
An emphasis on sustainable farming is helping W&L's Campus Garden deliver even more fresh produce straight to students' tables.
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.
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."
Washington and Lee University is kicking off the Green Office Initiative to encourage staff, faculty and students to practice sound environmental practices in their offices, classrooms and residence halls.
When other competitors in the Spring Power Down Challenge at Washington and Lee University started to gain on the Sigma Nu fraternity, members turned to drastic measures by opting to live in the dark.
Washington and Lee's year-old Energy Education Program aims to change habits of the University community in order to conserve energy.
James R. Kahn, the John F. Hendon Professor of Economics at Washington and Lee University, will discuss “Guidelines for Thinking About Our Energy Future.” in a public lecture on Thursday, March 22, at 5:30 p.m. in Northen Auditorium of the Leyburn Library.
W&L's University Sustainability Committee (USC) has provided all new students — both undergraduate and law — with a stainless-steel water bottle, emblazoned with a "Drink Local Water" logo, as part of the committee's promotion of sustainability on the Washington and Lee campus. The USC aims to educate not only entering students but also returning students, faculty and staff about the advantages […]
Washington and Lee signed an agreement with Secure Futures L.L.C., a solar-energy developer based in Staunton, Va., today to install two solar photovoltaic arrays, totaling approximately 450 kilowatts, at two separate locations on the University's campus. The first solar array, with a capacity of 120 kilowatts, will be installed on a canopy to be constructed […]