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Sustainability in Practice

April 24, 2014

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At Lewis & Clark, our approach to sustainability is grounded in our mission to cultivate global thinkers and leaders. Our research and actions extend beyond our campus into the wider world—we build on the best available scholarship and practice in our endeavors, and we recognize the importance and interrelatedness of ecology, economy, and equity.


This spring, four undergraduate students and three law students took part in our sustainability internship course, gaining valuable experience and knowledge by working firsthand in the public and nonprofit sector. Alix Finnegan ’14, an environmental studies major from Denver, Colorado, shares why she decided to spend four months working for nearby Washington County creating a series of events around Earth Day.

“Sustainability is such a buzzword in modern environmentalism; I couldn’t help but be intrigued. A lot of people are currently trying to figure out what it means, what it looks like in different fields, and how to implement it, and I want to be a part of that. With sustainability, there’s always another project, a better method, or more to do.”

Sustainability at Lewis & Clark Environmental Studies Program