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The Office of Sustainability administrates and supports a variety of initiatives to promote on-campus sustainability, encourage environmentally-conscious habits, and foster broader cultural and societal change. See below for just a few examples of our work:

Green Initiatives Fund

The Green Initiatives Fund was created by the Swarthmore College Sustainability Committee (SusCom) to provide a means for members of the Swarthmore College community (students, staff, faculty and alumni) to initiate projects on campus that contribute to the College’s environmental sustainability. Please submit a project proposal to help transform our campus into a more resource efficient and sustainable environment. Learn more about the Green Initiatives Fund


Swarthmore College partners with ZipCar to provide car sharing as a convenient transportation alternative to bringing a car to campus. The ZipCars are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for students, faculty, and staff ages 18 and older, as well as members of the local community ages 21 and over. Click here to learn more or to participate.

Sustainability Framework

Swarthmore College is creating a set of sustainable building standards for new construction and major renovations of existing buildings. These standards will be informed by an in-depth analysis of key opportunities for energy conservation and renewable energy and the most effective areas on campus to manage stormwater. To accomplish that analysis and develop the standards, the Sustainability Framework Committee is working with a consultant team led by the architecture firm Ballinger. The standards will be complete in Spring 2015.

Participation in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

In 2013, the College applied for and was granted NGO observer status to the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COPs). The College now sends students, staff, and faculty to the annual meetings of the UNFCCC, the United Nations body tasked with developing international agreements to stabilize greenhouse gas emissions and prevent dangerous anthropogenic climate change. The third Conference of the Parties established the Kyoto Protocol in 1997. Read about the experiences of the Swarthmore College delegation in Fall 2013.

Green Advisors

Green Advisors (GAs) is a program supported through the Sustainability Office. The GAs manage residence hall composting, produce resources informing students about sustainable practices, host all-campus events such as energy competitions and waste audits, and generally serve as a leaders for the campus community on sustainability.