Outdoor Gear Rental Program

Outdoor Gear Rental

Here at F&M's Center for the Sustainable Environment we encourage outdoor exploration.  We have a wide range of user-friendly equipment to make outdoor activities more accessible to the F&M community. Click here to check out F&M's rentable outdoor gear!

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Student Groups

Environmental Action Alliance

Striving  to raise environmental awareness on campus and promote ecological initiatives within the student body, EAA is involved in a multitude of  activities varying from year to year and based on members interests and the needs of the community.

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Sustainability House

The Sustainability House community is dedicated to preserving the environment for future generations, and Individuals living here are expected to participate in community service activities that improve the health of the environment.  

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Green Athletics

Here at F&M we are going beyond the traditional approaches to sustainability and are now trying to create change in less common places. "Green Athletics" is a movement we started on our campus at the beginning of Fall 2015, and our initiatives have included sustainable uniforms, plastic ice wrap recycling, and more.   

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F&M Community 


Green Office Checklist Challenge

Help make Franklin and Marshall College a more sustainable and environmentally friendly campus - join the Green Office Checklist Challenge!

Our goal is to make each department within the college limit its intake and energy use, increase recycling, and simply practice a greater degree of sustainability. We have developed a Green Office Checklist that covers a vast area of everyday office life (energy use, waste reduction, purchases, transportation etc.) and offers sustainable alternatives to common practices.  Offices can earn Bronze, Silver, and Gold Leaf Certifications for voluntary compliance in a number of tasks.  With your help, we can make the world more sustainable, bit by bit.

Bronze Leaf Certification: Achieve 10 tasks
Silver Leaf Certification: Achieve 20 tasks
Gold Leaf Certification: Achieve 30 tasks

For each level, your department or office will get a certificate to display, recognition on the F&M website and Center facebook page, and a campus Shout Out.  Departments who earn a Silver Leaf Certification will also receive a box of organic, fair trade chocolates to share. Departments who earn a Gold Leaf Certification will also receive organic, fair trade teas and coffees to share.  The person who makes the most individual difference towards “greening” their office, as nominated by their office and voted on by the Sustainability Committee, will get $200 towards a LFFC CSA share of their choice.

Offices who have achieved certification include: 

  • The President's Office
  • The Ware Institute for Civic Engagement 
  • The Office of College Grants
  • The Center for the Sustainable Environment
  • Facilities and Operations
  • Earth and Environment Department


  • The Business Office
  • Dining Services
  • Department of Non-Western Languages 
  • The Admissions Office
  • The College Libraries
  • Math & Computer Science Department
  • Philosophy Department
  • Klehr Center for Jewish Life


  • Communications Department
  • Sports Medicine Office
  • The Other Room Theater

Green Event Certification

The Center for the Sustainable Environment is happy to announce a  Green Event Certification checklist for all F&M event organizers! If you would like to make your event environmentally-friendly and Green Certified, you may access the list in form format from the room reservations page.  Alternatively, you can access the checklist online here.  If you complete the checklist as a form or email it to Sarah Dawson at sdawson@fandm.edu, your club or department will be recognized on the F&M website and CSE Facebook page.  Additionally, if the checklist is completed in advance to the event, the CSE can provide a "Certified Green Event" sign to post during the event. Thank you for your interest and commitment to sustainability in the F&M community!



Fair Trade Cafe

The Fair Trade Café is a luncheon that takes place on Wednesdays from 11:30-1:00. We serve grilled cheese and home-made soups made from local, organic goods. Suggested donation is $4.  Find us in the Center Student Commons. 

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Sustainability Committee

In 2012, the college adopted a Sustainability Master Plan to guide efforts in "greening" campus physically and through education.  The Sustainability Committee, a presidential committee composed of faculty, students, and staff, is charged with oversight of these changes.

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Sustainability Week 

Sustainability Week

 Each year the Center hosts a Sustainability Week with speakers, workshops, field trips, and other events related to the year's theme.

Sustainability Week

Student Work Opportunties in Sustainability

Dirt Army  Garden

Center Sustainability Intern

F&O Sustainability Intern

Green House Liaison

FOOT or GROW Pre-Orientation Leader

Contact Director Dawson at sdawson@fandm.edu for more information.


Green Cinema 

The Center hosts Green Cinema movie screenings each semester.  Students, faculty, and staff will receive an email detailing the semester's films, viewing times, and locations.  Find our listings from 2019/2020 here.