FLC offers majors in Environmental Studies, Environmental Biology, Environmental Geology, and Sociology, and a minor in Environmental Policy. These and many other programs utilize the nearby mountains, deserts, and rivers for undergraduate research projects, field work, community service initiatives, and professional experiences.
In 2011, the $41.5 million expansion of the Student Union was awarded LEED Gold status in August by the U.S. Green Building Council for its sustainability features, continuing Fort Lewis College's commitment to environmentally sound practices. The building includes recycling and composting systems, natural lighting, and two solar energy projects: a solar hot water system and a roof-top photovoltaic system.
Also earning LEED Gold in 2011 was the new state-of-the-art Biology Wing of Berndt Hall, opened in 2010.
In 2010, Animas Hall became FLC's first residence hall to earn a LEED Gold rating. The residence hall's environmental design characteristics include recycled and locally produced building materials, 35% less energy and water use through efficient design, and landscaping shaped around the existing landscape and vegetation.
Composting & recycling
While the college has been recycling and composting for years, recent improvements have made it faster and easier. Recently installed in the Student Union is the Rocket Composter, service the San Juan Dining Room and the Rocket Grill. This commercial composter reduces food waste by 70%.
Also, in 2012, the college and City of Durango initiated a new single stream recycling program allowing everyone to put nearly all materials into a single bin, while expanding recycling to include a wide variety of materials, including paperboard and plastics.
FLC student Lisa Mullins displays a reusable water bottle, courtesy of her
"Bottle Busters" campaign aimed at reducing plastic waste on campus.
FLC is a charter signatory of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. That and other actions from Fort Lewis College presidents and their administrations have left green legacies on campus through a variety of limited and ongoing projects.
See more about Presidential Initiatives
In September of 2011, the expansion of the Student Union was opened to campus. This LEED Gold Certified Building includes natural lighting, solar hot water system, and a roof-top photovoltaic system.
See the real-time energy output of our photovoltaic system.
Fort Lewis College and the city of Durango are very bike friendly, with bike & pedestrian paths and dedicated bicycle lanes throughout campus and town. An extensive trail system also connects campus and town. All students and faculty also receive a free city bus pass, and qualifying energy-efficient vehicles receive discounted parking permits.