The Sustainability Office catalyzes the development and implementation of policies and programs that support the triple bottom line of ecological integrity, economic prosperity, and social equity. The office strategically bridges efforts of students, faculty, staff, and the greater community to support collaborative and innovative approaches to sustainability.
There are many ways for students at Davidson to become involved with sustainable initiatives on campus or in the community. The Sustainability Scholars program is an immersive summer program that places qualified applicants on a variety of community projects in Charlotte and the surrounding area. Green Grants are available to students with innovative sustainable ideas for improving the campus' carbon footprint. First-year students can apply for an Sustainability Rep leadership position in their residence hall and many student organizations offer multiple ways for involvement at any level.
Davidson is a signatory of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment, and follows a Climate Action Plan (CAP). The CAP (PDF) serves as the living document of Davidson's commitment to long-term and interim goals. The Sustainability Office leads the college in the implementation of the CAP and other campus sustainable goals.
- Build knowledge, values, and skills so students can fully participate in society as justice-oriented citizens
- Cultivate a community of practice so we can develop daily the behaviors and changes we wish to create in the world
- Develop campus facilities that serve as exemplars so others can learn about innovative sustainable systems and design
- Bridge campus and community to leverage the assets of both in a mutually beneficial manner
- Enhance vocational preparedness so students can translate their learning into a lifetime of leadership and service
Do it in the Dark Competition
For the month of November, the Environmental Action Coalition, the Energy Club, Patterson Court, Union Board, Androgyny (coed acapella group on campus), the Residence Life Office, Physical Plant, and the Office of Sustainability are partnering to organize Do It In the Dark, a campus-wide energy conservation competition. The competition will include every residential building, fraternity, and eating house on campus.
The competition will be tracked using the campus's online utilities dashboard and the residence hall and Patterson Court buildings with the greatest decreases in energy usage will receive a prize. Interested in how energy works on the college's campus? Check out our Energy FAQ page.