Solar panels being installed on the Bratton Tennis Center.

Cleveland Commons dining hall being constructed. The dining hall has earned its LEED Gold sustainable building certification.

LED lights being installed in Penrose Library.

Stanton Hall being constructed. The residence hall has earned its LEED Platinum sustainable building certification.

Bikes outside Maxy Hall. At Whitman, Penrose Library offers a bikeshare scheme free of charge for students.

Sustainability Update 2020

Read about how we work to harmonize our interaction with the natural environment through outreach, environmental stewardship, institutional advocacy, and the integration of sustainability into institutional policies, programs, and practices.

Whitman College Sustainability Update Spring 2020

Whitman College Sustainability Dashboard

STARS Comparative Summer 2020 Report


Our Mission: 

The Whitman College Office of Sustainability unites the efforts of faculty, staff, and students to promote leadership in sustainability. We recognize the impact our institution has on the environment and the college's responsibility as an institution of higher learning.  The Office of Sustainability serves as a resource to catalyze our environmental principles and commitments into action. The Office works to harmonize our interaction with the natural environment through outreach, environmental stewardship, institutional advocacy, and the integration of sustainability into institutional policies, programs, and practices. 

Whitman College Environmental Principles:

Recognizing the impact Whitman College has on the environment and the leadership role Whitman College plays as an institution of higher learning, the college affirms the following environmental principles and standards, which shall be consulted to explore the practical ways Whitman College can promote an environmentally conscious campus.

  • To reduce the amount of non-recyclable materials, to reuse materials when possible, and utilize recycled materials.
  • To consider the eco-friendliest science and technology available to decrease our environmental impact.
  • To continue to build an energy-efficient campus in the 21st century.
  • To patronize companies that are active in their defense of the environment from further degradation.
  • To encourage individuals' environmental accountability through programs of environmental education.
  • To consider environmentally friendly options when they exist and are practical in decisions regarding developmental projects.
  • To further the use of reused materials, recyclable materials, and the Internet for campus communications.
  • To encourage and request food service to make environmentally friendly decisions in purchasing food and supplies, reducing waste, and reusing materials.
  • To maintain campus grounds through the employment of bio-friendly substances and services.
  • To strive to improve upon current practices so we may harmonize the trends of the industrial world with the natural environment.