Office of the President - Environmental Sustainability

Fort Lewis College Environmental Sustainability Initiatives
Fort Lewis College

Finding ways to reduce Fort Lewis College's impact on the environment is important to those who live and work on campus. In the last decade, the College has achieved a number of major milestones with the help of the state of Colorado, the Durango community, and its faculty, staff and students.

Over the last decade, Fort Lewis College has invested time and millions of dollars into environmental initiatives. The College’s commitment to environmental issues has led to past recognitions as a Sierra Magazine “Cool School” and one of the Princeton Review’s “Best Green Colleges.”

A few of the major initiatives accomplished within the last decade and the financial investment associated with environmental sustainability include:


Approx. Investment

Sitter Family Hall (LEED Gold Certified)

$35 million

Campus Energy Efficiency Upgrades

$9.4 million

Student Union Addition (LEED Gold Certified)

$720,000 - $1.8 million

Biology Wing (LEED Gold Certified)

$340,000 - $850,000

Animas Hall (LEED Gold Certified)

$240,000 - $600,000

Real Food Challenge


Old Fort Farm Stand


Rocket Composter