Swarthmore endeavors to operate the college as sustainably as possible. Energy demand has been reduced over the past several years, and the College continues to make conscientious choices concerning energy supply. We buy food from local producers, which not only cuts emissions by not transporting food over long distances but also supports local farmers. The College diverts waste by recycling and composting and is currently developing a comprehensive waste management plan.
The 220 acre Crum Woods surrounding the campus and the Arboretum inspires community members and visitors alike. Care is taken to protect the Woods, which provide not only recreational opportunities but also serve as research sites for classes. In line with the green aesthetics of the campus, we also have green roofs where public tours are held periodically. Other buildings exhibit features such as the Stormwater Stairs or a biostream, which showcase the attributes of sustainability, beauty and practicality.
Click on links in the navigation menu located to the right to learn more about Swarthmore's initiatives in multiple areas. Included under each topic is a list of classes that cover relevant materials — check it out!