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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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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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From The News

Sonato ’15 works to connect Latinos and environmentalism

Martha Sonato ’15 takes a person-to-person approach to engage the Latino community with environmental issues in the Columbia River Gorge.

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Willamette ranks 13th in nation among green colleges

The Princeton Review recognized Willamette for its sustainability efforts.

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Green Fund awards sustainability grants

From bike racks outside Montag to a local symposium about refugees, the Green Fund program is sponsoring diverse projects that advance sustainability, equity and social justice on campus and in our community.