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Sustainability Plan

Innovative, intentional change must start with a good plan. At Earlham, embedding sustainability into our institutional fabric is guided by our Comprehensive Sustainability Plan, written by students, faculty, and staff in 2012-13. The Plan is a living document, and our Sustainability Advisory Committee reviews and updates it regularly.

Earlham College Comprehensive Sustainability Plan


Integrated Program in Sustainability 2014-2015 Annual Report


Sustainability Progress Committee

This governance committee meets every other week and is charged with assessing the implementation of the Comprehensive Sustainability Plan.

Current committee members include:

  • Sena Landey, Vice President for Finance and Administration
  • Jamey Pavey, Director of the Integrated Program in Sustainability
  • Lisa Butch, Assistant Director of Sustainability
  • Ian Smith, Director of Facilities
  • Steven May, Director of Food Services
  • Shane Peters, Associate Dean of Student Life and Director of Residence Life
  • Heather Lerner, Director of the Joseph Moore Museum and Assistant Professor of Biology
  • Thor Hogan, Associate Professor of Politics and Environmental Studies
  • Helen Chyz, Admissions Counselor
  • Gail Clark, Senior Director of Alumni Relations
  • Sarah Emmer, Administrative Assistant for Religion and Philosophy
  • Mary Pearl Ivy, Student
  • Eva Chaitman, Student


Comprehensive Sustainablity Plan

The Comprehensive Sustainability Plan was written by the Environmental Responsibility Committee (predecessor to the Sustainability Progress Committee) in the 2011-2012 academic year. The document covers the broad categories of Operations, Community, Curriculum, and Coordination with specific, measurable goals in each area. View the plan online here.



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The Sustainability Tracking and Rating System (STARS), managed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education is the assessment tool Earlham uses to track our sustainability progress. Earlham first submitted a report to AASHE STARS in 2010 and received a Bronze designation.  Bronze was also received in 2013. In early 2016 the college re-submitted data to STARS and for the first time has achieved a Silver rating! Read about STARS on their website.  See the press release on our achievement here!

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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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