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Carbon Commitment

Fort Lewis College is a signatory to the Second Nature Carbon Commitment. Through this commitment, Fort Lewis aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, with interim emissions reductions targets every five years. In 2018, we exceeded our goal and reduced carbon emissions by 58% through a combination of efforts including energy efficiency improvements on campus, waste reduction efforts, solar panels on campus buildings, and the purchase of wind-generated Renewable Energy Credits.

Drought-tolerant landscaping

Water is precious in southwestern Colorado. Lawns and traditional grassy landscapes use a lot of irrigation. In pursuit of a landscape that fits with the bioregion, 12% of campus is comprised of low or no-irrigation xeriscaped gardens.

Green buildings

Fort Lewis is committed to environmental practices even as we grow. Four buildings on campus are currently LEED Gold certified. LEED is the preeminent program for the design, construction, maintenance and operations of high-performance green buildings.

Sitter Family Hall, the home of the Geosciences and Physics & Engineering Departments, is the fourth LEED® certified facility on campus. Features include double-glazed low-e windows, state-of-the-art heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system, rooftop mounted solar panels, recycled construction materials and more.

The Student Union features a vegetated roof, and two solar energy projects: a solar hot water system and a roof-top photovoltaic system, in addition to a state-of-the-art composting system.

The Biology Wing of Berndt Hall also features solar power along with bicycle storage, open space preservation, and extensive natural lighting.

Animas Hall was Fort Lewis’s first residence hall to earn a LEED Gold rating. Animas Hall features recycled and locally-produced building materials, along with low or no-water landscaping

Low-flow faucets

Water conservation is paramount in Colorado. Most sinks on campus are fitted with low-flow faucets.

Renewable electricity

58% of Fort Lewis College’s electricity is generated with wind and solar renewable electricity through participation in the La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) Green Power program and from on-campus solar panels.

Solar Energy

Fort Lewis College has solar panels on the Student Union, Sitter Family Hall, and Berndt Hall, which includes a solar hot water system and a roof-top photovoltaic system. See real-time data from the Student Union solar array.

Solar Spring Break

Fort Lewis College students can participate in GRID Alternatives Solar Spring Break, installing solar panels in under-served communities. In 2019 and 2018, students from Engineering, Sociology, and many other majors installed solar panels in remote communities on the Navajo Nation.

For more information, email Dr. Laurie Williams or email Dr. Becky Clausen.

Village Aid Project

Village Aid Project (VAP) at Fort Lewis College is a student-centered, humanitarian organization whose mission is to partner with needy communities in the developing world to find sustainable solutions to their critical engineering problems. In addition, VAP is training a new generation of students who understand the need for sustainable systems and who value the concept of responsible global citizenship.