Climate change continues to be a primary global concern. At Elmira College, we’ve made incorporating sustainability into the campus and improving our energy efficiency a strategic focus.

A major driver of this effort has been the creation of the Sustainability Committee, a group of energetic faculty, staff, and students who advise the College on environmental, fiscal, and social sustainability initiatives while providing sustainable feedback and support on major capital projects and collegiate decisions.

Are you interested in joining? Contact for more information.

A group of female students pose with upcycled items they found during the Climate Teach-In
Students smile and laugh as they stop by one of the tables during the 2024 Climate Teachi-In

Worldwide Teach-In on Climate and Justice

Elmira College has joined hundreds of colleges, universities, K-12 schools, and faith organizations to highlight the importance of finding and building climate solutions. Beginning in 2022, EC has held a variety of productive and informative panel discussions focused on climate solutions and justice as well as its connection with art and media, fashion, physical and mental well-being, the surrounding community, religion, and campus sustainability. In addition to these discussions, attendees enjoyed a locally sourced meal, found items at the upcycle flea market, and learned about local organizations such as Tanglewood Nature Center and Muddy Fingers Farm

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You can see all of our panel discussions from the 2024 Teach-In On Climate & Justice through the video playlist linked below.

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What's the Climate Teach-In like for our students?

Leila Tevlin '25 documented their experience during the first year of the event. Check it out!

Sustainability Leaders

At EC, students are helping drive sustainability initiatives for the College. To support engagement, we developed a Sustainability Scholarship and chose four Sustainability Leaders – one student from each class. With the campus as a canvas for their ideas, the students design meaningful projects to implement and take the lead in figuring out how to accomplish their goals. 

A female student sorts through items in a donation bin
Two male students tend to the community garden on campus

Teaching Garden

Created with the help of a $3,000 grant and located next to the Sustainability House, the Teaching Garden is used for aiding instruction and provides students who enjoy gardening a place to plant flowers, fruits, and vegetables. The Garden provides an opportunity to engage with the community and is open to LECOM faculty and students.Related Academic Programs


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