The Blue Bike program at Washington and Lee is designed to provide a convenient way to get around the campus and Lexington. The use of bicycles instead of motor vehicles results in cleaner air and better health, less traffic and more open parking spaces, less oil consumed and fewer greenhouse gases emitted.
First year students and sustainability team leaders dive into a daily theme around sustainable development, which may include energy and climate change, water use, people and places, buildings, and environmental policy — or investigate the sources of our food, the energy it takes to grow and manufacture food, equitable food access, and questions about health and nutrition.
The Environmental Studies Program offers service learning courses each semester. These one credit courses engage students in serving the Rockbridge community through their coursework, which combines teaching, learning, and reflecting. Topics have included environmental education, regional conservation issues and sustainable and community supported agriculture.
Washington and Lee is proud to have so many organizations on campus that support, celebrate and bring awareness to diversity in our community and beyond. The organizations listed here are made up of students passionate about sustainability on campus and in the community.
The Sustainability House provides a strong living and learning community for students with a common interest in understanding and acting upon a broad range of sustainability-related issues. The students living there have two main goals: to live communally and explore ways to minimize human negative impacts on the natural environment, and to offer education and information to the campus community.
From harvesting vegetables in the Campus Garden to participating in waste reduction efforts at athletic events, here are ways you can volunteer with the office of sustainability.