Creating a Smaller Ecological Footprint
U.S. Green Building Council LEED standards have guided campus construction and renovation projects for over a decade. We are an institutional member of the Climate Leadership Network and have implemented energy management systems and energy efficiency projects that have helped us cutting energy consumption significantly.
We offer a range of transportation options and subsidies, including subsidized bus passes, car sharing, rideshare programs, a free bike registration and lock program, and a campus Bike Shop, staffed by student volunteers, offers free bike loans.
Praised as one of the most beautiful “urban walks” in the state, the Willamette grounds are even greener than they look. One of the few certified organic campuses in the U.S., lawns are fertilized with compost tea, native plants reduce the need for water and chemicals, most weeds are hand-pulled rather than sprayed, and leftover garden debris provides compost for community gardens.
The Willamette food service, Bon Appetit, partners with local farms, ranches and fisheries to offer organic, hormone-free, sustainably produced food. Students even volunteer with spring planting projects at local farms to better understand how our food is produced. Menus feature in-season and locally produced food to reduce transportation costs and pollution. Cooking oil is recycled, food leftovers are given to local ranchers, and disposable tableware is made from sugarcane or recycled paper.