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Campus Initiatives

A number of offices and groups at Lewis & Clark address sustainability through on-campus initiatives. In addition, a number of events bring experts from around the world to our campus to discuss issues of ecology, economy, and equity. For the latest information about on-campus sustainability initiatives, visit our news page


  • Energy Initiative: A student-sponsored initiative to pay for one hundred percent renewable electricity.
  • Renewable Energy Fee Fund: Awards grants to student projects supporting renewable energy. Their criteria for selection include: connection to renewable energy, learning, educational mission, cultivation of thought and leadership, scholarship/practice, stakeholders, and budget & timeline. 
  • Energy Conservation: Efforts by Facilities Services to promote efficient use and conservation of energy in our campus infrastructure.


  • Bon Appétit Management Company’s definition of sustainability: “A sustainable future for food service means flavorful food that’s healthy and economically viable for all, produced through practices that respect farmers, workers, and animals; nourish the community; and replenish our shared natural resources for future generations”

  • Farm to Fork Initiative: mandates that we “source at least 20 percent of their ingredients from small, owner-operated farms, ranches, and artisan producers within 150 miles of their kitchens.”
  • Low-Carbon Diet Program: policy addressing the relationship between food production, distribution, waste and climate change. 
  • Serving rBGH-free milk, cage free eggs, seafood certified by Seafood Watch® sustainability guidelines for commercial buyers
  • Dedicated to farmworker’s rights 


  • Recycling: plastic, paper, metal, and glass recycling bins are placed throughout campus to promote the practice. Battery and old cell phone bins are also placed throughout campus.
  • e-Waste is handled through the Information Technology Service Desk
  • Composting: provides containers for composting food waste throughout campus and in every dorm kitchen 


We are committed to promoting alternative transportation, as we believe it “serves to significantly reduce traffic and parking congestion, to improve air quality, and to contribute to a healthy community environment.”

  • Alternative transportation includes:
  • a free shuttle bus to downtown Portland, a discounted TriMet bus passes by 50%, facilitation of carpool matching, a discounted carpool parking pass, a student-run bike co-operative helping to repair students’ bikes for free, and secure bike racks throughout campus. 


Sustainability Council

  • A group of students, faculty, and staff drawn from the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Law, and Graduate School of Education and Counseling charged with examining  key sustainability-related questions that face Lewis & Clark. 


  • Business Office: Includes audited financial statements and information on Lewis & Clark college investments.
  • Office of Leadership and Service: Serving students, staff and faculty in a wide variety of opportunities by connecting them to various local and global partnerships that strengthen communities and develop leaders.


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