Sustainability at Sewanee

Opportunities Around Campus

There are many fun and exciting ways to get involved in environmental issues around campus. The best way to get involved is to ask around about organization meetings and watch your emails announcing events. Visit the Sustain Sewanee site for information on students' initiatives and visit Sewanee's Sustainability Steering Committee site for details on comprehensive University intiatives.   

Described below are some of the most prominent groups:

The Green House is a student initiated living facility where residents strive to serve as a model of sustainability for the campus. The students work to conserve water and energy sources.

WasteNot is a student group dedicated to raising awareness of environmental issues. In the past, WasteNot has taken several field trips including excursions to a wind energy facility, the Sewanee Utility District’s spraying fields, WastAway, and other interesting places.

The Organic Garden is a student run project focused on growing organic foods. It is open to everyone interested in helping out and learning about the process of organic gardening. It is located behind the baseball fields near Lake Cheston.

The Eco Cup is an annual competition between dorms to decrease their energy and water consumption. The Cup lasts a month and the winning dorm receives a snazzy prize. Events during the month of Eco-Cup in the past have included waste weighing at McClurg, panel discussions, documentary viewings, ecological footprint quizzes, and guest speakers.

The Sewanee Natural History Society is an organization dedicated to the marvels of our Domain’s biodiversity. It is an enthusiastic student-led society that works in partnership with the Geology and Biology Departments and the Sewanee Outing Program and hosts several outings each week. Activities including salamander hunting and bird watching are just some of the ways the NHS enjoys the wildlife on our domain. Keep up with the SNHSers at

The Sewanee Outing Program offers many trips on and off the Domain to enjoy the ins and outs of our world. From rock climbing to caving, sky-diving to cycling, hiking to backpacking, the SOP provides ample opportunities to get outdoors. The SOP office is located in the Bishop’s Common and is directed by John Benson.

In the Landscape Analysis Lab, located in the basement of Woods Lab, you can work with “an interdisciplinary group of faculty members collaborating to study land use changes on the southern Cumberland Plateau (using) GIS technology to promote our twin goals of environmental education and conservation science.” For more information please see Dr. Jon Evans or go to

The University offers several academic majors in the field of environmental studies.  Students can major in any of four concentrations including Ecology & Biodiversity, Environmental Policy, Environmental Chemistry, and Natural Resources. Exciting lab sessions allow students to get hands-on field experience around our domain.