The Franklin & Marshall Center for the Sustainable Environment was created to consolidate the many interests and initiatives relating to global environmental stewardship and sustainability on the Franklin & Marshall campus.  The Center houses a seminar room, a field-work laboratory space, a community outreach room and offices for the Director, Millport Liaison, and Artist-in-Residence. The Student Commons has space for the Fair Trade Café, the Dirt Army, the Real Food F&M Club and the Environmental Action Alliance.  The Center’s location, close to the heart of campus is an ideal hub for activities relating to the Center’s three main objectives:  


The first objective of the Center’s mission is to facilitate the College’s dedication to excellence in undergraduate education.  For faculty, the Center’s Director may serve as a resource to enrich the concepts of environmental stewardship and sustainability into all disciplines across the curriculum. The Center provides a facility for lectures, seminars, and research projects for the entire campus community. 

For students, the Center is dedicated to demonstrating environmental stewardship and sustainability across all aspects of their F&M experience, from the classroom, to collaborative research both locally and abroad, to co-curricular activities and student life. 

Visitors to the Center will find information about green living options, research, outreach activities, and educational opportunities. Public lectures and meetings take place in the Center’s seminar room.


The second objective of the Center is to serve as a conduit between the creative ideas generated by the Franklin & Marshall community and their practical implementation.  In this way, we will enhance Franklin & Marshall’s reputation as a leader in the community through the innovation, execution, and promotion of meaningful environmental stewardship and sustainability efforts. 

Personnel at the Center help coordinate sustainability efforts employed on campus.  These efforts come from a wide variety of sources, including students and faculty, administration, food services, and Facilities and Operations.  The Center provides a space that encourages interaction and dialog between all of these constituencies. 


The third objective of the Center is to lead by example. The Center strives to set an example of how to minimize its environmental impact. Over time, sustainable practices and methodologies may serve as a working model for other facilities on campus and across the broader Lancaster community. 

Get Involved

Extracurricular Opportunities

Find out how you can help make our campus - and our world - more sustainable places.   Join a student environmental club, participate in committees, or launch your own sustainable imitative.  We can help!

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Curricular Opportunities

Want to be learn about sustainability beyond your time at F&M?  We've compiled a number of opportunities for you here.  From travel courses and study abroad programs to internships in the field, and even the best jobs and graduate school programs around, we'll help you stay involved in sustainability when you're not on campus.

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Prospective Students

Thinking of coming to F&M?  Take a "Sustainability Tour" of campus to learn about our commitment to sustainability.  Already accepted?  Consider FOOT, our First-Year Outdoor Orientation Program, and spend some time hiking the Appalachian Trail with a few upperclassmen!  

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Resources and Past Events 


We've compiled a collection of resources to help answer your questions about all facets of sustinability,  from wildlife and the urban environment to green technology to transportation, water conservation, and sustianable food systems.  We've got you covered! 

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Meatless Mondays

Meatless Mondays is a global movement that is operating in numerous colleges and universities in 36 countries around the world. Our campus has adopted the policy after a student led iniatitive.

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Native Pollinators

Pollinators are a broad group of animals responsible for the pollination of flowers by transporting pollen from one plant to another.  

Explore native pollinator gardens

Past Events

Each semester, we organize a number of lectures and workshops for our campus and local community.  Jane Goodall, Bill McKibben, Van Jones, Annie Leonard, and Robert. F. Kennedy, Jr. have been just a few of our recent visitors - you can find video of their talks here.

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The Pulse

Story 10/12/2017

Astonishing Energy Futures and the Future of Global Change

Amory Lovins,  2017 Mueller Fellow, physicist, environmental scientist, energy advisor, author, and co-founder and chief scientist of Rocky Mountain Institute Physicist Amory Lovins is cofounder...

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Story 10/4/2017

Campus farmer's market

The Center for the Sustainable Environment is starting a small farmer's market on campus to allow students, faculty and staff to purchase organic, local produce and pantry items each week. The first...

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Story 9/28/2017

Clothing donation bin available on campus

F&M has partnered with CommunityAid to allow donations of gently used clothing and other items for local thrift stores. A large donation bin has been placed on campus at the corner of the driveway...

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November 03
event 11/3/2017

Green Craft Workshop

Fair Trade Cafe

Come out to the first installation of the Green Craft Workshop series! We will be making reusable...

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November 09
event 11/9/2017

Captive Whales and Dolphins: Life Beyond Concrete Tanks

Mayser Gymnasium

Lori Marino, Ph.D. President of the Whale Sanctuary Project Since the release of the popular...

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