Mission Statement
As members of a caring and ethical community, we are committed to integrate core principles of sustainability throughout and beyond LaGrange College. These principles include the health of all current and future species; the fairness, equity, stability, and security of cultures and social systems; economic opportunity for all; and ecological diversity and integrity. This continuing process of integration will be accomplished through resource management, community education, and increased curricular emphasis.

Academic Engagement

The Oikos Program
The Oikos Program is an interdisciplinary minor program sponsored by the departments of Biology, Political Science, Religion, and Sociology & Anthropology. Oikos is the Greek word for "house." It is the root word for both ecology and economics, and thus points to the dual aspects of ecological and social and responsibility that are central to the mission of the Oikos Program. The uniting theme across disciplines is how we might contribute to a just, sustainable, and peaceful future.

Accomplishments
  • President's Climate Commitment
  • Water-Saving Measures
    In this time of record drought, LaGrange College has taken some measurable steps to decrease total water use on campus. This includes the installation of aerated faucets, low-flow showerheads and low-flush toilets.
  • HVAC installations
  • Focus the Nation
    The Sustainability Council sponsored several events as part of the national "Focus the Nation" event on January 30, 2008. These events included an interactive webcast and a joint meeting of area civic clubs where the Sustainability Chair, Dr. Sarah Beth Mallory, spoke on "Global Climate Change: Fact or Fiction?" Finally, LaGrange College students engaged in a "Choose Your Future" activity, where faculty and students offered a wide range of solutions to the problem of climate change. At the conclusion of the event, audience members voted on the five solutions they prefer, which included Building Green:Carbon Neutral by 2030; Supporting Stronger Forests; Cleaner Cars, California Style; Getting Efficient—Cut Energy and Save Money; and, Jumpstarting Low Polluting Biofuel

News
College one of first in nation to submit 'green' plan
LaGrange becomes Georgia's first college to earn Energy Star
LaGrange College implements rainwater harvesting program
Green construction provides foundation for Lewis Library
The green gals of Vernon Street