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Zena Forest provides many opportunities for academic exploration.

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Zena Forest
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Not unto ourselves alone are we born

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Zero Waste
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Solar panels on Kaneko Commons
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Willamette incorporates green building practices across campus.

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Bike Shop
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Willamette University

Sustainability

Our location in the Northwest and Oregon’s Willamette Valley — known for its fertility and abundant beauty — makes us uniquely situated to pursue connections with sustainability and the environment.

In fact, our dedication to environmental responsibility led The Princeton Review to name us one of the country’s top 15 Green Colleges.

The countless learning opportunities available at our nearby 305-acre Zena Forest are just one example of our focus on place-based research and activity. Specialized programs at all of our schools — including the College of Law’s sustainable law certificate and a sustainability management area of interest in our MBA program — allow for a critical approach to creating a more sustainable society.

Sustainability at Willamette

Learn more about Willamette’s distinct approach to sustainability.

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Zena Forest

Our 305-acre forest provides opportunities to connect the landscape with academic exploration.

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Sustainability Institute

The institute works to advance sustainability across all areas of the university.

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In class — “ENVR 327W: Water Resources”

Karen Arabas’ class examines the water resources of the western United States.

Professor Karen Arabas stands before a classroom with a whiteboard with Overview Colorado River written on it.
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More than 140 undergraduates honored

The Willamette University College of Liberal Arts honored students’ academic achievements April 23 in Cat Cavern.

Student stands smiling in Cat Cavern after receiving an award
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Waste audit offers valuable lessons in sustainability

A student-organized event showed how the campus community could improve its recycling efforts.

A student wearing rubber gloves sorts trash on a tarp in Jackson Plaza.