National news source highlights Willamette’s sustainability efforts

A recent article published by environmental news source Greenwire and reprinted by The New York Times notes Willamette University's national leadership in sustainability.

The article on efforts to make Salem a sustainable city also mentions Willamette's commitment to sustainability, noting that the university was named first in the nation for sustainability activities by the National Wildlife Federation.

Willamette environmental science Professor Karen Arabas says in the article that Willamette's efforts are directly connected to the university motto, "Not unto ourselves alone are we born."

"We have a strong sense of service on campus, and sustainability transcends every field," Arabas says in the article. "When students graduate, these are some of the skills and knowledge they'll need in the world, whether they go into law, business or medicine."

Willamette's programs include the Center for Sustainable Communities, which organizes and promotes sustainability events, research and community collaboration.

Willamette recently was recognized as one of the nation's top "Cool Schools" by Sierra magazine, and it was included by Princeton Review among the top 286 green colleges.

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