• Sustainability Scholars

    Sustainability Scholars address critical sustainability issues through real-world, immersive summer projects. Working anywhere from skyscrapers in Charlotte to community gardens in food deserts, students integrate problem-solving skills through a wide range of community-based projects. Students also live cooperatively in the Eco-House, attend weekly reflection meetings, and participate in enrichment workshops lead by sustainability practitioners.

    Emma Parks '14
  • Harnessing the Sun

    Two arrays of solar panels—one featuring 64 solar thermal collector panels, and another featuring 378 photovoltaic (PV) panels—are installed on the roof of Baker Sports Complex. The thermal panels provide energy to heat the showers and Cannon Pool, and the PV panels supply electricity for the building.

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  • Kudzu vs. Goats

    The cure for kudzu? It may be the common goat. Thirty of the persistent ruminants have spent time on campus, the latest weapon in Davidson's efforts to curtail a 3.5-acre stand of kudzu on the cross-country trails. The initiative—completely sustainable!—was the brainchild of Rebecca McKee '14, who suggested the college adopt "goatscaping" after seeing it work at her high school.

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  • Campus Laundry Goes Green

    The campus laundry has eliminated phosphate products, uses eco-friendly detergents and has replaced chlorine bleach with active oxygen bleach. The laundry stopped returning clothes in paper; instead, each student now receives a reusable canvas bag.

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Sustainability Office

p: 704-894-3029

Mailing Address

Box 7197
Davidson, NC 28035

Shipping Address

209 Ridge Road
Davidson, NC 28035

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Sustainability Office

Freshmen opportunity

The Sustainability Reps program trains incoming first-year students during their fall semester to be sustainability leaders at Davidson College. Learn about First-Year Sustainability Reps and apply.

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.

Highlighted Programs

  • 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 a 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.
  • In 2014, the Sustainability Office launched The Next Play Venture Pitch Tournament, the first national business plan competition dedicated to sustainability and sports. The competition invites student teams of entrepreneurs from colleges and universities throughout the U.S. to pitch their business plans and compete for more than $35,000 in funding and in-kind services.

Sustainability 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