As an institution of higher learning, Franklin & Marshall College has a unique opportunity to create a community of leaders in sustainability in and out of the classroom. Students, faculty and professional staff have myriad opportunities to get involved and become change agents on campus, from the classroom to extracurricular activities to the surrounding community of Lancaster, Pa., and beyond.
The College's Sustainability Master Plan calls for participation from the entire campus and the surrounding community. Opportunities abound to make a difference.
The EAA is a student group that works to educate the campus on sustainability initiatives and takes on projects that better the relationship of the College to the environment. Recent projects include the introduction of new recycling bins on campus and the Sustainability Theme House. The EAA also runs the Fair Trade Café, a weekly luncheon that promotes locally grown organic foods. The group meets once a week and joining is a great way for interested students to get involved
Led by F&M upperclassman, FOOT (First-Year Outdoor Orientation Trip) is a three-day, three-night backpacking trip on a section of the Appalachian Trail that includes Pennsylvania’s beautiful rolling hills. FOOT provides an incredible opportunity for first-year students to connect with other incoming students who share the passion for outdoor adventure and respect for the natural world.
The Franklin & Marshall Award for Innovation in Sustainability is given to the student or students who propose and implement the project that has or will contribute the most to the sustainability of the Franklin & Marshall Community. Recent winners include Veronica Thomas '11 for initiating a beekeeping program at F&M, and Ali Neugebauer '11 for bioremediation of greenhouse pests.
The Sustainability House, at 550-552 West James Street, provides a home for a community of students who are dedicated to preserving the environment for future generations. The house has two goals: to live communally and minimize environmental impacts, and to offer information to the campus at large. This project was designed entirely by students. Their most recent accomplishment is the awarding of a $30,000 grant for solar panels that are currently being installed.
Three students, fondly referred to as the 'The Dirt Army', established an organic vegetable garden at Baker Campus as part of an internship program in sustainable food sources in the spring and summer of 2009. The garden internships continue this year. In addition, college staff and faculty are also growing vegetables in a revived College Community Garden program at Baker Campus.