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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


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 Zena — our 35-acre property of ecologically diverse and historically significant land — 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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Our 305-acre property 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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City honors Willamette student researchers

Geoarchaeology class unearths clues about the history of an old millrace in downtown Salem.

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More than 130 undergraduates recognized at Academic Honors and Awards

Willamette University College of Liberal Arts honored students’ academic achievements at a ceremony April 29 in Cat Cavern.

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Willamette ranks No. 9 in US for Peace Corps volunteers

University has been ranked among the top small colleges 15 of the last 17 years.

blue badge logo; text: Peace Corps Top Colleges 2019 Ranked in the Top 10 Peace Corps producing schools