We want renewing God’s good earth to be a way of life, so we make sustainability a priority—as an educational goal and an institutional value. We’re committed to learning how to be good caretakers of creation on our campus and around the globe.
Sustainability efforts at Calvin are rooted both in our heritage and our reformed mission. They are also strategic. The current strategic plan embraces and enacts environmental sustainability as a core value. And Calvin is guided in its sustainability efforts by its board of trustees approved Statement on Sustainability, which takes seriously the biblical mandate to be stewards of God’s good earth.
Calvin College is a signatory of the Climate Commitment since December 2017. The Climate Commitment is one of three commitments which make up the Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitments, a flagship program of the nonprofit Second Nature.
The STARS rating system factors in performance in four categories: academics, engagement, operations, and planning and administration.
Since its inception in 2010, Calvin Energy Recovery Fund has saved the college 2.7 million KWH of energy, 5.4 million gallons of water and more than 2,100 metric tons of CO2.
The Ecosystem Preserve, which comprises 1/4 of campus, acts as a natural escape from the urban environment that surrounds it.
The Sierra Club identifies Calvin College as one of the most eco-literate colleges and universities.
The EPA, DEQ, and other organizations have awarded the Plaster Creek Stewards funding for education, restoration, and research efforts in the area’s most contaminated waterway.
The theme of sustainability runs through many of Calvin’s curricular offerings, from biology to philosophy.
Recycling and dining hall composting diverted about 48% of waste material from landfill or incineration in 2016.
We’re learning about sustainability from many angles because we realize that caring for our environment doesn’t fit neatly in a box—and doesn’t belong only in the classroom. Every day, our students, faculty and staff make big and small choices and discoveries that improve sustainability right here on our 400-acre campus and make an impact around the globe.