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Zena Forest provides many opportunities for academic exploration.

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Zena Forest
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Not unto ourselves alone are we born

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Zero Waste
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Solar panels on Kaneko Commons
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Willamette incorporates green building practices across campus.

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Bike Shop
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Willamette University

Sustainability

Our location in the Northwest and Oregon’s Willamette Valley — known for its fertility and abundant beauty — makes us uniquely situated to pursue connections with sustainability and the environment.

In fact, our dedication to environmental responsibility led The Princeton Review to name us one of the country’s top 15 Green Colleges.

The countless learning opportunities available at our nearby 305-acre Zena Forest are just one example of our focus on place-based research and activity. Specialized programs at all of our schools — including the College of Law’s sustainable law certificate and a sustainability management area of interest in our MBA program — allow for a critical approach to creating a more sustainable society.

Sustainability at Willamette

Learn more about Willamette’s distinct approach to sustainability.

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Zena Forest

Our 305-acre forest provides opportunities to connect the landscape with academic exploration.

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Sustainability Institute

The institute works to advance sustainability across all areas of the university.

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Students, alumni enjoy music, art and more at ZenaFest

The annual event at Willamette’s rural facility merged creative arts and abundant natural resources.

Hunter Noack plays a grand piano in the middle of a field at Willamette's Zena campus
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Landscape concert and art installation highlight ZenaFest

Annual event expands creative possibilities at the rural property.

Two students work at a cider press
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In class — “ENVR 327W: Water Resources”

Karen Arabas’ class examines the water resources of the western United States.

Professor Karen Arabas stands before a classroom with a whiteboard with Overview Colorado River written on it.