• <a href="/live/image/gid/184/width/650/103247_DIV-B2-0622-0005.jpg" class="lw_preview_image lw_disable_preview" tabindex="-1"><picture class="lw_image lw_image103247"> <source type="image/jpeg" media="(max-width: 500px)" srcset="/live/image/gid/184/width/500/height/240/crop/1/103247_DIV-B2-0622-0005.rev.1711745900.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/184/width/500/height/240/crop/1/103247_DIV-B2-0622-0005.rev.1711745900.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/184/width/500/height/240/crop/1/103247_DIV-B2-0622-0005.rev.1711745900.jpg 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" media="(max-width: 800px)" srcset="/live/image/gid/184/width/800/height/383/crop/1/103247_DIV-B2-0622-0005.rev.1711745900.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/184/width/800/height/383/crop/1/103247_DIV-B2-0622-0005.rev.1711745900.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/184/width/800/height/383/crop/1/103247_DIV-B2-0622-0005.rev.1711745900.jpg 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" media="(max-width: 1200px)" srcset="/live/image/gid/184/width/1200/height/575/crop/1/103247_DIV-B2-0622-0005.rev.1711745900.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/184/width/1200/height/575/crop/1/103247_DIV-B2-0622-0005.rev.1711745900.jpg 2x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" media="(min-width: 1201px)" srcset="/live/image/gid/184/width/1440/height/690/crop/1/103247_DIV-B2-0622-0005.rev.1711745900.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/184/width/1440/height/690/crop/1/103247_DIV-B2-0622-0005.rev.1711745900.jpg 2x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/184/width/1440/height/690/crop/1/103247_DIV-B2-0622-0005.rev.1711745900.jpg" alt="Professor and student surrounded by greenery in a forest." width="1440" height="690" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/184/width/1440/height/690/crop/1/103247_DIV-B2-0622-0005.rev.1711745900.jpg 2x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2133"/> </picture> </a><div class="hero-full_image_caption collapsable-caption"> Our professors engage students in collaborative research about the natural world, and our campus is the perfect lab!</div>
  • <a href="/live/image/gid/184/width/650/103252_Law.jpg" class="lw_preview_image lw_disable_preview" tabindex="-1"><picture class="lw_image lw_image103252"> <source type="image/jpeg" media="(max-width: 500px)" srcset="/live/image/gid/184/width/500/height/240/crop/1/103252_Law.rev.1711745905.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/184/width/500/height/240/crop/1/103252_Law.rev.1711745905.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/184/width/500/height/240/crop/1/103252_Law.rev.1711745905.jpg 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" media="(max-width: 800px)" srcset="/live/image/gid/184/width/800/height/383/crop/1/103252_Law.rev.1711745905.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/184/width/800/height/383/crop/1/103252_Law.rev.1711745905.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/184/width/800/height/383/crop/1/103252_Law.rev.1711745905.jpg 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" media="(max-width: 1200px)" srcset="/live/image/gid/184/width/1200/height/575/crop/1/103252_Law.rev.1711745905.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/184/width/1200/height/575/crop/1/103252_Law.rev.1711745905.jpg 2x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" media="(min-width: 1201px)" srcset="/live/image/gid/184/width/1440/height/690/crop/1/103252_Law.rev.1711745905.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/184/width/1440/height/690/crop/1/103252_Law.rev.1711745905.jpg 2x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/184/width/1440/height/690/crop/1/103252_Law.rev.1711745905.jpg" alt="Sunderland Plaza on the law campus with lots of landscaped plants." width="1440" height="690" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/184/width/1440/height/690/crop/1/103252_Law.rev.1711745905.jpg 2x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2136"/> </picture> </a><div class="hero-full_image_caption collapsable-caption"> Our Law School has one of the nation’s best Environmental Law programs, <span style="font-weight: 400;">giving our students the legal expertise and experience to tackle environmental challenges.</span></div>
  • <a href="/live/image/gid/184/width/650/103253_Tiny_House_Club.jpg" class="lw_preview_image lw_disable_preview" tabindex="-1"><picture class="lw_image lw_image103253"> <source type="image/jpeg" media="(max-width: 500px)" srcset="/live/image/gid/184/width/500/height/240/crop/1/103253_Tiny_House_Club.rev.1711745906.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/184/width/500/height/240/crop/1/103253_Tiny_House_Club.rev.1711745906.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/184/width/500/height/240/crop/1/103253_Tiny_House_Club.rev.1711745906.jpg 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" media="(max-width: 800px)" srcset="/live/image/gid/184/width/800/height/383/crop/1/103253_Tiny_House_Club.rev.1711745906.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/184/width/800/height/383/crop/1/103253_Tiny_House_Club.rev.1711745906.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/184/width/800/height/383/crop/1/103253_Tiny_House_Club.rev.1711745906.jpg 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" media="(max-width: 1200px)" srcset="/live/image/gid/184/width/1200/height/575/crop/1/103253_Tiny_House_Club.rev.1711745906.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/184/width/1200/height/575/crop/1/103253_Tiny_House_Club.rev.1711745906.jpg 2x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" media="(min-width: 1201px)" srcset="/live/image/gid/184/width/1440/height/690/crop/1/103253_Tiny_House_Club.rev.1711745906.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/184/width/1440/height/690/crop/1/103253_Tiny_House_Club.rev.1711745906.jpg 2x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/184/width/1440/height/690/crop/1/103253_Tiny_House_Club.rev.1711745906.jpg" alt="Group of students posing in front of a tiny house under construction." width="1440" height="690" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/184/width/1440/height/690/crop/1/103253_Tiny_House_Club.rev.1711745906.jpg 2x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2133"/> </picture> </a><div class="hero-full_image_caption collapsable-caption"> There are many sustainability-focused student organizations to get involved with, like the Tiny House Club!</div>
  • <a href="/live/image/gid/184/width/650/103251_Grad.jpg" class="lw_preview_image lw_disable_preview" tabindex="-1"><picture class="lw_image lw_image103251"> <source type="image/jpeg" media="(max-width: 500px)" srcset="/live/image/gid/184/width/500/height/240/crop/1/103251_Grad.rev.1711745904.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/184/width/500/height/240/crop/1/103251_Grad.rev.1711745904.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/184/width/500/height/240/crop/1/103251_Grad.rev.1711745904.jpg 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" media="(max-width: 800px)" srcset="/live/image/gid/184/width/800/height/383/crop/1/103251_Grad.rev.1711745904.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/184/width/800/height/383/crop/1/103251_Grad.rev.1711745904.jpg 2x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" media="(max-width: 1200px)" srcset="/live/image/gid/184/width/1200/height/575/crop/1/103251_Grad.rev.1711745904.jpg 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" media="(min-width: 1201px)" srcset="/live/image/gid/184/width/1440/height/690/crop/1/103251_Grad.rev.1711745904.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/184/width/1440/height/690/crop/1/103251_Grad.rev.1711745904.jpg" alt="Aerial of Graduate School campus." width="1440" height="690" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1536"/> </picture> </a><div class="hero-full_image_caption collapsable-caption"> Our Graduate School of Education and Counseling offers an innovative Ecotherapies Certificate for students to enhance their training with ecopsychology curriculum.</div>
  • <a href="/live/image/gid/184/width/650/103250_EVNT-C-0222-0035-MossWalk.jpg" class="lw_preview_image lw_disable_preview" tabindex="-1"><picture class="lw_image lw_image103250"> <source type="image/jpeg" media="(max-width: 500px)" srcset="/live/image/gid/184/width/500/height/240/crop/1/103250_EVNT-C-0222-0035-MossWalk.rev.1711745903.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/184/width/500/height/240/crop/1/103250_EVNT-C-0222-0035-MossWalk.rev.1711745903.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/184/width/500/height/240/crop/1/103250_EVNT-C-0222-0035-MossWalk.rev.1711745903.jpg 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" media="(max-width: 800px)" srcset="/live/image/gid/184/width/800/height/383/crop/1/103250_EVNT-C-0222-0035-MossWalk.rev.1711745903.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/184/width/800/height/383/crop/1/103250_EVNT-C-0222-0035-MossWalk.rev.1711745903.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/184/width/800/height/383/crop/1/103250_EVNT-C-0222-0035-MossWalk.rev.1711745903.jpg 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" media="(max-width: 1200px)" srcset="/live/image/gid/184/width/1200/height/575/crop/1/103250_EVNT-C-0222-0035-MossWalk.rev.1711745903.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/184/width/1200/height/575/crop/1/103250_EVNT-C-0222-0035-MossWalk.rev.1711745903.jpg 2x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" media="(min-width: 1201px)" srcset="/live/image/gid/184/width/1440/height/690/crop/1/103250_EVNT-C-0222-0035-MossWalk.rev.1711745903.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/184/width/1440/height/690/crop/1/103250_EVNT-C-0222-0035-MossWalk.rev.1711745903.jpg 2x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/184/width/1440/height/690/crop/1/103250_EVNT-C-0222-0035-MossWalk.rev.1711745903.jpg" alt="Two students looking at moss." width="1440" height="690" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/184/width/1440/height/690/crop/1/103250_EVNT-C-0222-0035-MossWalk.rev.1711745903.jpg 2x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2136"/> </picture> </a><div class="hero-full_image_caption collapsable-caption"> The annual Moss Week is just one of the ways our students are able to appreciate the natural world around them.</div>
  • <a href="/live/image/gid/184/width/650/103245_CAM-E-0421-0059.jpg" class="lw_preview_image lw_disable_preview" tabindex="-1"><picture class="lw_image lw_image103245"> <source type="image/jpeg" media="(max-width: 500px)" srcset="/live/image/gid/184/width/500/height/240/crop/1/103245_CAM-E-0421-0059.rev.1711745898.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/184/width/500/height/240/crop/1/103245_CAM-E-0421-0059.rev.1711745898.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/184/width/500/height/240/crop/1/103245_CAM-E-0421-0059.rev.1711745898.jpg 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" media="(max-width: 800px)" srcset="/live/image/gid/184/width/800/height/383/crop/1/103245_CAM-E-0421-0059.rev.1711745898.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/184/width/800/height/383/crop/1/103245_CAM-E-0421-0059.rev.1711745898.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/184/width/800/height/383/crop/1/103245_CAM-E-0421-0059.rev.1711745898.jpg 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" media="(max-width: 1200px)" srcset="/live/image/gid/184/width/1200/height/575/crop/1/103245_CAM-E-0421-0059.rev.1711745898.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/184/width/1200/height/575/crop/1/103245_CAM-E-0421-0059.rev.1711745898.jpg 2x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" media="(min-width: 1201px)" srcset="/live/image/gid/184/width/1440/height/690/crop/1/103245_CAM-E-0421-0059.rev.1711745898.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/184/width/1440/height/690/crop/1/103245_CAM-E-0421-0059.rev.1711745898.jpg 2x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/184/width/1440/height/690/crop/1/103245_CAM-E-0421-0059.rev.1711745898.jpg" alt="Sunlight shining through trees." width="1440" height="690" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/184/width/1440/height/690/crop/1/103245_CAM-E-0421-0059.rev.1711745898.jpg 2x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2133"/> </picture> </a><div class="hero-full_image_caption collapsable-caption"> Our undergraduate students can major in environmental studies and/or minor in Earth system science and <span style="font-weight: 400;">put issues such as climate change and conservation at the forefront of their studies.</span></div>
  • <a href="/live/image/gid/184/width/650/103244_Bee_Garden.jpg" class="lw_preview_image lw_disable_preview" tabindex="-1"><picture class="lw_image lw_image103244"> <source type="image/jpeg" media="(max-width: 500px)" srcset="/live/image/gid/184/width/500/height/240/crop/1/103244_Bee_Garden.rev.1711745897.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/184/width/500/height/240/crop/1/103244_Bee_Garden.rev.1711745897.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/184/width/500/height/240/crop/1/103244_Bee_Garden.rev.1711745897.jpg 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" media="(max-width: 800px)" srcset="/live/image/gid/184/width/800/height/383/crop/1/103244_Bee_Garden.rev.1711745897.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/184/width/800/height/383/crop/1/103244_Bee_Garden.rev.1711745897.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/184/width/800/height/383/crop/1/103244_Bee_Garden.rev.1711745897.jpg 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" media="(max-width: 1200px)" srcset="/live/image/gid/184/width/1200/height/575/crop/1/103244_Bee_Garden.rev.1711745897.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/184/width/1200/height/575/crop/1/103244_Bee_Garden.rev.1711745897.jpg 2x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" media="(min-width: 1201px)" srcset="/live/image/gid/184/width/1440/height/690/crop/1/103244_Bee_Garden.rev.1711745897.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/184/width/1440/height/690/crop/1/103244_Bee_Garden.rev.1711745897.jpg 2x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/184/width/1440/height/690/crop/1/103244_Bee_Garden.rev.1711745897.jpg" alt="Students in bee suits engaging with a beehive." width="1440" height="690" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/184/width/1440/height/690/crop/1/103244_Bee_Garden.rev.1711745897.jpg 2x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2133"/> </picture> </a><div class="hero-full_image_caption collapsable-caption"> Our Bee Garden, located on the Graduate School’s campus, is a great way for students to learn about pollinator ecology in a hands-on way.</div>
  • <a href="/live/image/gid/184/width/650/103249_DSC06430.jpg" class="lw_preview_image lw_disable_preview" tabindex="-1"><picture class="lw_image lw_image103249"> <source type="image/jpeg" media="(max-width: 500px)" srcset="/live/image/gid/184/width/500/height/240/crop/1/103249_DSC06430.rev.1711745902.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/184/width/500/height/240/crop/1/103249_DSC06430.rev.1711745902.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/184/width/500/height/240/crop/1/103249_DSC06430.rev.1711745902.jpg 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" media="(max-width: 800px)" srcset="/live/image/gid/184/width/800/height/383/crop/1/103249_DSC06430.rev.1711745902.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/184/width/800/height/383/crop/1/103249_DSC06430.rev.1711745902.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/184/width/800/height/383/crop/1/103249_DSC06430.rev.1711745902.jpg 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" media="(max-width: 1200px)" srcset="/live/image/gid/184/width/1200/height/575/crop/1/103249_DSC06430.rev.1711745902.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/184/width/1200/height/575/crop/1/103249_DSC06430.rev.1711745902.jpg 2x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" media="(min-width: 1201px)" srcset="/live/image/gid/184/width/1440/height/690/crop/1/103249_DSC06430.rev.1711745902.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/184/width/1440/height/690/crop/1/103249_DSC06430.rev.1711745902.jpg 2x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/184/width/1440/height/690/crop/1/103249_DSC06430.rev.1711745902.jpg" alt="A line of students using binoculars." width="1440" height="690" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/184/width/1440/height/690/crop/1/103249_DSC06430.rev.1711745902.jpg 2x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2133"/> </picture> </a><div class="hero-full_image_caption collapsable-caption"> College Outdoors gives our students opportunities to appreciate the natural wonders of our campus and the Pacific Northwest.</div>
  • <a href="/live/image/gid/184/width/650/103246_Community_Garden.jpg" class="lw_preview_image lw_disable_preview" tabindex="-1"><picture class="lw_image lw_image103246"> <source type="image/jpeg" media="(max-width: 500px)" srcset="/live/image/gid/184/width/500/height/240/crop/1/103246_Community_Garden.rev.1711745899.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/184/width/500/height/240/crop/1/103246_Community_Garden.rev.1711745899.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/184/width/500/height/240/crop/1/103246_Community_Garden.rev.1711745899.jpg 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" media="(max-width: 800px)" srcset="/live/image/gid/184/width/800/height/383/crop/1/103246_Community_Garden.rev.1711745899.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/184/width/800/height/383/crop/1/103246_Community_Garden.rev.1711745899.jpg 2x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" media="(max-width: 1200px)" srcset="/live/image/gid/184/width/1200/height/575/crop/1/103246_Community_Garden.rev.1711745899.jpg 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" media="(min-width: 1201px)" srcset="/live/image/gid/184/width/1440/height/690/crop/1/103246_Community_Garden.rev.1711745899.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/184/width/1440/height/690/crop/1/103246_Community_Garden.rev.1711745899.jpg" alt="Garden with a greenhouse." width="1440" height="690" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1365"/> </picture> </a><div class="hero-full_image_caption collapsable-caption"> The community garden is a student-run space for growing organic produce and meeting others who have an interest in farming and gardening.</div>
  • <a href="/live/image/gid/184/width/650/103248_DSC06244.jpg" class="lw_preview_image lw_disable_preview" tabindex="-1"><picture class="lw_image lw_image103248"> <source type="image/jpeg" media="(max-width: 500px)" srcset="/live/image/gid/184/width/500/height/240/crop/1/103248_DSC06244.rev.1711749857.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/184/width/500/height/240/crop/1/103248_DSC06244.rev.1711749857.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/184/width/500/height/240/crop/1/103248_DSC06244.rev.1711749857.jpg 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" media="(max-width: 800px)" srcset="/live/image/gid/184/width/800/height/383/crop/1/103248_DSC06244.rev.1711749857.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/184/width/800/height/383/crop/1/103248_DSC06244.rev.1711749857.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/184/width/800/height/383/crop/1/103248_DSC06244.rev.1711749857.jpg 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" media="(max-width: 1200px)" srcset="/live/image/gid/184/width/1200/height/575/crop/1/103248_DSC06244.rev.1711749857.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/184/width/1200/height/575/crop/1/103248_DSC06244.rev.1711749857.jpg 2x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" media="(min-width: 1201px)" srcset="/live/image/gid/184/width/1440/height/690/crop/1/103248_DSC06244.rev.1711749857.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/184/width/1440/height/690/crop/1/103248_DSC06244.rev.1711749857.jpg 2x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/184/width/1440/height/690/crop/1/103248_DSC06244.rev.1711749857.jpg" alt="Students sitting at a picnic table surrounded by green trees." width="1440" height="690" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/184/width/1440/height/690/crop/1/103248_DSC06244.rev.1711749857.jpg 2x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2133"/> </picture> </a><div class="hero-full_image_caption collapsable-caption"> Our campus is as green as it gets.<br/>Credit: Suhail Akram BA ’24</div>

Sustainability at Lewis & Clark

Our Green Campus at Work

Lewis & Clark is deeply committed to learning, innovation, and principled action on matters related to sustainability. Our research and actions extend beyond the classroom across our campus and into Portland and the wider world. We build on the best available scholarship and practice while recognizing the importance and interrelatedness of ecology, economy, and equity. And we’ve put our money where our mouth is through an institutional net zero investment policy, which has us on track to completely eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from our portfolio by 2040. Join us as we make our campus—and our world—a better place.

Campus Initiatives

  • Lewis & Clark students are very conscious about sustainability. I appreciate that the general culture here does not encourage mass consumption. I feel like everyone appreciates individual styles and there is no pressure to buy certain things just to fit in.

    Arielle Bloom BA ’24
    Portland, Oregon
    More about Arielle
  • My experience working with sustainability has given me a lot of agency in making the changes that I want to see on campus.

    Satya Austin-Opper BA ’22
    Asheville, North Carolina
    More about Satya
  • Being able to be in the natural world while studying it was a huge priority of mine, as was being at a school that cares deeply about the environment and sustainability. 

    Liv Nicks-Turnley BA ’23
    Longmont, Colorado
    More about Liv

Energy and Buildings

Energy conservation and sourcing is a big part of our Climate Action Plan. Since 2002, our undergraduate students have sponsored an initiative that pays for 100 percent of our entire institution’s energy to come from renewable sources; surplus money goes into a fund that awards student projects supporting renewable energy. Many of our buildings are LEED Gold-certified, including J.R. Howard Hall and Holmes Residence Hall. The Office of Sustainability also has an energy efficiency intern position for undergraduate students. They work with L&C departments and the Energy Trust of Oregon to improve energy efficiency systems across the institution while networking with Portland leaders in the green sector.

 

Food

Sustainability is of great importance to Bon Appétit, our food service provider. Their Farm-to-Fork Initiative means our dining halls strive to utilize locally sourced options from farmers around the Pacific Northwest whenever possible, giving our students the opportunity to enjoy super fresh regional favorites. They also have a Low Carbon Diet Program that addresses the relationship between food production, distribution, waste, and climate change. Bon Appétit is a founding member of the Equitable Food Initiative, a unique partnership that brings together growers, farmworkers, retailers, and consumers to transform agriculture and improve the lives of farmworkers.

 

Recycling and Waste Reduction

Recycling bins are readily available throughout all three campuses, with e-waste handled directly at the Information Technology Service Desk. Composting bins are available for use in all of our dining and residential halls, and reusable food eco-containers are available for free for students to take their food to-go. L&C also has an institution-wide single-use plastic ban.

Transportation

Lewis & Clark’s free shuttle is a popular choice for students looking to grab groceries at Fred Meyer or travel to downtown Portland or Sellwood. We also offer a deeply discounted TriMet bus pass, carpool matching with a discounted parking pass, a student-run bike co-operative that helps to repair students’ bikes for free, and secure bike racks throughout campus.

  • Top 

    Lewis & Clark has one of the nation’s top-ranked Environmental Law programs.

  • Net Zero 

    Lewis & Clark’s institutional net zero investment policy has us on track to completely eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from our portfolio by 2040.

  • 100% 

    100 percent of the institution’s electricity is sourced from renewable energy.

  • Eco 

    Our Graduate School’s innovative Ecotherapies Certificate provides an opportunity for students to enhance their training with an evidence-based, experiential, and socially progressive ecopsychology curriculum.

  • Bees 

    Lewis & Clark is a certified affiliate of Bee Campus USA, joining many other cities and campuses across the country united in improving their landscapes for pollinators.

Sustainability in the Classroom

Sustainability is infused throughout many of Lewis & Clark’s academic programs across all three schools. Our undergraduate college’s environmental studies major and Earth system science minor put issues such as climate change and conservation at the forefront of their curriculum. Our law school has one of the nation’s best Environmental Law programs, and graduate students in counseling can pursue an innovative Ecotherapies Certificate. Undergraduate students have access to hands-on learning and research opportunities in Portland’s green sector, giving them a head start when it comes to finding a job after graduation.

Curricular Connections Bates Center Summer Sustainability Internship John S. Rogers Summer Science Research Program

Environmental Studies

Our unique interdisciplinary program challenges our undergraduate students to transcend intellectual, geographic, and communication boundaries as they weave insights drawn from across the sciences and humanities; apply them in local, regional, and global contexts; and learn strategies to connect with the people and institutions they encounter. Our students graduate with a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, plus skills and experience they can apply to professional opportunities, graduate study, and effective environmental action.

Environmental Studies

Earth System Science

The Earth system science minor supplements students’ academic experience with connections across scientific disciplines and a framework for understanding large-scale transformations of our planet and their consequences. Our students learn tangible skills that apply across disciplines, all while benefiting from our proximity to Portland and the diverse natural environments of the Pacific Northwest.

Earth System Science

Ecotherapies Certificate

Understanding people’s emotional connections with the natural world can be integral to meeting therapeutic, educational, or sustainability goals. Lewis & Clark Graduate School’s Ecotherapies Certificate program provides an opportunity for mental health practitioners and graduate students to enhance their training with an evidence-based, experiential, and socially progressive ecopsychology curriculum.

Ecotherapies Certificate

Environmental Law

One of the top-ranked programs in the country, Lewis & Clark’s Environmental Law program allows our students to gain the legal expertise and experience to tackle the environmental, natural resource, and energy challenges of today and tomorrow. The program has six impact areas—climate resilience and energy; global environment; air, water, and land; ecosystems and biodiversity; environmental justice; and oceans and rivers—and a variety of degree and certificate programs. Undergraduate students who come to Lewis & Clark knowing they want to pursue a law degree can benefit from our 3-3 BA/JD program that saves them a year of time and tuition.

Environmental Law

Get Involved

Our students don’t just learn about sustainability in the classroom; they can make an actual difference on campus by getting involved with the Sustainability Council, working as an intern for the Office of Sustainability, or participating in an active student-run organization.

Sustainability Council

Our Sustainability Council—made up of staff, faculty, and students from all three schools—integrates sustainability into projects and policies across the institution, while connecting L&C with organizations in Portland and promoting hands-on student learning.

Sustainability Council

Sustainability in Portland

Our annual networking event, Sustainability in Portland, is an opportunity for staff, faculty, alumni, and students looking to enter the job market to mix and mingle with Portland organizations and partners.

Sustainability in Portland

Student Resources

Students have plenty of ways to make a change and pursue their sustainability passions. We have organizations, like Students Engaged in Eco-Defense (SEED) and Garden Club, that promote green practices and community building. We have a sustainable thrift shop, where students can donate goods and shop for free. We have an Environmental Action Living-Learning community for students who prioritize environmental sustainability. We have a student-led academic symposium. We have beehives! Are you ready to get your hands dirty and make a difference on campus?

Student Resources

Sustainability Student Internships

The Office of Sustainability has internship and work-study positions available, so our students can dig deeper into the real work behind sustainability initiatives. We typically hire students every year to be our sustainability reporting intern, ReUse Room coordinator, Renewable Energy Fee Fund coordinator, community engagement and media intern, energy efficiency intern, and sustainable operations intern. We also manage the Bates Center Summer Sustainability Internship class, where we match students with Portland organizations based on similar interests and skills.

Student Internships and Jobs


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