Swarthmore College has a long tradition of honoring the natural environment. Our Quaker legacy of social responsibility, simple living, and conservation of resources create a strong foundation for environmental sustainability. The College's 425-acre arboretum campus immerses us daily in the beauty of nature and our vital connection to the natural environment. The College has a long-standing commitment to preserve the Crum Woods, a naturally wooded area comprising nearly three-fifths of the College's land. Our curriculum offers an interdisciplinary tri-college Environmental Studies minor.
In recent years, Swarthmore has made substantial strides in the area of energy conservation. Our commitment intensified with President Rebecca Chopp's signing of the American Colleges and University Presidents Climate Commitment in 2010. The Commitment propelled the formation of the Climate Action Planning Committee and the development of a Climate Action Plan [pdf] for the college. The Sustainability Committee and a multitude of student groups also work on environmental issues on campus and in the wider community.