Environmental Responsibility

Taking care of our environment is an important value at Earlham.

Our institutional mission of “engaging the world” is demonstrated by care and concern for our College surroundings.

Earlham is home to several student groups involved in promoting sustainability. From biking to farming, everyone can find a way to get involved in sustainability on campus!

Earlham Environmental Action Coalition

The Earlham Environmental Action Coalition is the primary student environmental activism club on Earlham’s campus. In the last year EEAC has launched a ReInvestment Campaign to move funds in the college endowment out of coal companies and into renewable energy companies, taken buses of students to protest the Keystone XL Pipeline project in Washington DC, engaged students in Earlham’s principles and practices around sustainability, and organized volunteer efforts and fun activities like bike rides to local apple orchards. For more information, contact the Assistant Director of Sustainability.

Bike Co-Op

The Earlham Bike Co-Op is a community space for the sharing of bike mechanic skills, a place for students to learn to fix their own bikes for free, and an organizing hub for bicycle activism in Richmond. The Bike Co-Op hosts monthly Critical Mass bike rides through the city to promote biking as transportation, as well as hosting bike-friendly events and rides throughout the year. For more information, contact the Director of Student Leadership.

Rose City Coffee Co-Op

Earlham’s student run, consensus based coffee shop- Rose City is a great place to witness sustainability business
design at work. The coffee shop offers only fair trade coffees and teas, organic milk and soy milk products, and
eco-friendly beverage containers. Rose City Coffee Co-Op is open Sunday-Thursday 2 pm-5:30 pm and 7 pmmidnight.
For more information, contact the Director of Student Leadership.

Earlham and the city of Richmond are home to many sustainability sites available for students to visit and explore.

Cope Environmental Center

The Cope Environmental Center has miles of trails open for public use and, during heavy winter snows, can make a great place to try out some snow shoeing or cross country skiing. Cope also has several demonstration areas to learn more about sustainability, gardening, compost and natural history.

Wildman Woods

Wildman Woods is a wonderful Earlham treasure located within a short drive from campus. Often the site of Biology field work and class field trips, Wildman boasts hiking trails through an excellent stand of old growth hardwood forest. During the late Spring, the wildflowers are magical! A walk through the forest and along the creek during peak fall colors is also a memorable experience. The property is maintained and managed by the Biology department so special permission is required before visiting.

Back Campus

Located within easy walking distance from the main campus, “Back Campus” is a special place. Miles of trails wind through a mixed hardwood forest. Ephemeral ponds, put in place by the Biology department, provide habitat for aquatic invertebrates and “herps” of all kinds. Clear Creek runs through the woods and provides opportunities for solace and quiet and the chance to spot a resident beaver family. The Biology department also manages a small prairie which comes into full bloom in late summer and provides habitat for loads of butterflies and bird species.

Richmond Farmer’s Market

Open Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings May through October, the Richmond Famer’s Market offers students a chance to purchase locally grown produce, plants, and handcrafted items. The Farmer’s Market is located at the intersection of North A St and North 7th St.

Winter Farmer’s Market

Open every second and fourth Saturday morning mid-January to April, the Winter Farmer’s Market is located in the Innovation Center on Main St. The market offers locally grown produce, homemade baked goods, and other handcrafted goods.

Being green involves each one of us doing our individual part. We look forward to working together to make Earlham an environmentally and socially sustainable place for all.


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Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts, including the sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

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Richmond, Indiana
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