Among its goals, the Linfield College 2012-2018 Strategic Plan seeks to support and extend Linfield’s commitment to environmental, social, and economic sustainability. In January 2013, Linfield created a new Sustainability Coordinator position to guide this effort. The Sustainability Coordinator, housed in the President's Office, is a dynamic position: engaging students in a variety of projects, assisting faculty who seek to incorporate sustainability more fully in their courses, and working with our facilities personnel who strive to keep Linfield at the forefront of sustainable practices.
Clubs/organizations: Sustainability Office Director, Green Team Coordinator, Greenfield Advisor, ACES Co-Chair, Green Chair Advisor
Office hours: Tuesdays/Thursdays 11:00am-12:00pm and Wednesdays 2:00-4:00pm
What does sustainability mean to you? "Sustainability is a lens through which we can view the world. It is a lens that allows us to consider the wellbeing of the whole as necessary for the wellbeing of the individual. It tells us that caring about our community and the environment are necessary to have a thriving economy. Most of all, sustainability challenges us to align our life practices with life supporting systems for present and future generations. I have the privilege to serve Linfield and our community by representing the values of sustainability and encouraging their incorporation into all facets of life at the college. I also enjoy living walking distance from the campus in a collective living community focused on sustainable lifestyle practices and subsistence food production."
What sustainable practice would you like to work on more? "I would like to bike to work more."
Where is your favorite place in nature? "Westwind on the Oregon Coast."
Summer 2016 Garden Manager
The Office of Sustainability began in the spring season of 2013 with the hiring of a brand new Sustainability Coordinator, Duncan Reid. With his trusty team of work-study students, the office helped create and implement sustainable projects, events, and ideas around the campus. The season started off with a Zero Waste Campaign that was a highlighted and recurring theme in many of the following projects, such as the Recycle Bin Pilot Program, which brought composting, recycling, and landfill receptacles to many major parts of the campus. Also a first for that spring was the beginning of the annual Earth Week tradition, which set aside a whole week's worth of events ranging from game shows to informational workshops. The goal of Earth Week is to spread awareness and information about the sustainable options available on campus in fun interactive ways. The Office of Sustainability has and continues to work alongside other clubs and organizations as well, such as Greenfield and the Advisory Committee on the Environment and Sustainability (ACES).
In April of 2009, ASLC added the Sustainability Position as a full-time student position. The Sustainability Council, led by the Sustainability Council Chairperson, enhances environmental support through student legislative grants which support sustainability programs and initiatives on campus. One student each year is chosen as the Sustainability Council Chairperson, who provides direction for the council and organizes meetings. The "Petition for the Renewable Energy & Sustainability Fund" charges students $10.00 per semester as part of their student body fees, coming to an approximate total of $30,000.00 per year. This sum is divided into two portions: $15,000.00 is used to fund student-led sustainability initiatives while the other $15,000.00 supports Linfield's carbon-offset program in conjunction with the Office of Sustainability and Facilities Services. Some past projects funded by the Sustainability grant funds include: the creation of the Linfield Bike Co-op, Alternative Spring Break trips, on-campus conferences, film festivals, tye-dye tee shirts, and much more. Any and all Linfield students are encouraged to apply for Sustainability grant funding for their ideas. Learn more and apply here.
In 2015 Linfield achieved 100% carbon-emission neutrality by switching to Renewable Choice Energy as a carbon offset provider. By doing so Linfield has balanced its carbon footprint by purchasing offsets from other industries through Renewable Choice. To learn more about Renewable Choice's Carbon Offset programs, click here.