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Washington College is a leader in the multidisciplinary study of the environment. Since 1782, resilience is our way of life.

Student Organizations

Campus Garden

Students explore permaculture practices to achieve food security through ecological design.

Composting Team

Students lead the way toward organics recycling at the campus garden and through community education.

Food Recovery Network

Students serve leftover food from the Dining Hall at a weekly community dinner to families in need.

Student Environmental Alliance

Students organizes programs to promote the environmental health of our campus and global community.

Campus Infrastructure 

Electric Car Charging Stations

Electric vehicle charging opportunities for faculty, staff and students.

Electric Submeters

23 submeters on campus monitor building energy usage information to economize use.

Geothermal Fields

Four geothermal fields heat and cool 12 campus buildings and represent a 50-70% reduction in energy use.

Semans-Griswold Environmental Hall

This regenerative “living building” is home to waterfront academic labs and the Center for Environment & Society.

Stormwater Mitigation

In partnership with ShoreRivers, Washington College is developing infrastructure to capture stormwater on campus.

Water Bottle Stations

The “back to tap” campaign offers water stations at convenient campus locations.

Policies and Programs

Bee Campus USA

A commitment to creating sustainable habitat for pollinators, as well as a beekeeping program.

Bike Share

Students check out loaner bikes for easy commute on campus and around town.

Carbon Accounting and Trading

CES examines institutional carbon metrics and carbon trading opportunities at the River and Field Campus.

Project Drawdown

A comprehensive research effort and action plan, spanning economics, social justice, and the global environment.


Cardboard, paper, plastic, Styrofoam, cans, bottles, aluminum, and glass are diverted from the landfill.

Solar Power Purchase Agreement

About 75% the College’s energy comes from solar energy arrays.

Solar Renewable Energy Certificates‎

Committed to clean energy, Washington College purchases electricity from renewable facilities to reduce our carbon footprint.

Solid Waste Management

Campus policies are in place with contractors to reduce landfill waste.

Tree Campus USA

A commitment to sustain healthy community forests, starting with our campus arboretum.

Ucapture Environmental Tech App

Washington College promotes the browser plugin that uses online shopping to generate carbon offsets.