Now more than ever, the Whittier College community has reinforced its commitment to becoming a sustainable campus. The changes are evident all around - whether it may be by expanding the student-led recycling program, establishing an urban garden, inviting prominent environmentalist Bill McKibben to campus, or funding reusable water bottles for incoming students – Whittier is definitely becoming greener.
In the classroom, the College’s Center for Environmental Sustainability and Environmental Science program are engaging students in innovative projects and research designed to create new ways to positively influence climate change.
Associate Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies sal johnston has worked with students on a number of projects with an academic and practical focus on sustainability - ecological, social, and economic. Moreover, as faculty master of Hartley House, johnston has created programming that promotes environmental sustainability, research, and social action.
Johnston and history professor Nat Zappia have also worked with students to establish the Whittier Sustainable Urban Farm (SUrF) Learning Laboratory - a 1/8 acre micro-farm composed of raised beds and fruit trees in the “front yard” of Wanberg Residence Hall (aka “Greenberg) grounded in an emphasis on rehabilitating the soil, with the side benefit that students get to grow and eat great food.
As you can see, sustainability is an organic movement on campus. Consider joining these efforts to bring out your inner green.