Our world is a dynamic place. Sustainability, then, is not an endpoint.

Rather, it is a thoughtful journey that honors the world we have inherited while seeking a just existence and future for all fellow travelers. As a liberal arts college, Davidson is perfectly suited to engage pressing questions of sustainability.

The Sustainability Office strategically bridges and guides the efforts of students, faculty, staff, and the greater community towards collective, significant impact.

Highlighted Programs

There are many ways for students to engage sustainability—in academics, co-curricular experiences, and residential life. Office staff are always happy to discuss your goals and advise you on ways to get involved.

  • Work-study positions enable students to develop specific skills while supporting campus sustainability efforts.
  • The Sustainability Scholars program is an immersive summer leadership program that places students with community partners to engage in wide-ranging, real-world sustainable projects.
  • Davidson is a signatory of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment, and follows a Climate Action Plan (CAP). The Climate Action Plan (PDF) serves as the living document of Davidson's commitment to long-term and interim goals. The Sustainability Office leads the college in the implementation of the CAP and other campus sustainable goals.

Sustainability Goals

  • Build knowledge, values, and skills so students can fully participate in society as justice-oriented citizens
  • Cultivate a community of practice so we can develop daily the behaviors and changes we wish to create in the world
  • Develop campus facilities that serve as exemplars so others can learn about innovative sustainable systems and design
  • Bridge campus, community, teaching, and research to leverage the assets of each in a mutually beneficial manner
  • Enhance vocational preparedness so students can translate learning into a lifetime of leadership and service.

Sustainability Scholars

Sustainability Scholars address critical sustainability issues through real-world, immersive summer projects. Working anywhere from skyscrapers in Charlotte to community gardens in food deserts, students integrate problem-solving skills through a wide range of community-based projects. Students also live cooperatively in the Eco-House, attend weekly reflection meetings, and participate in enrichment workshops lead by sustainability practitioners.

Kudzu vs. Goats

The cure for kudzu? It may be the common goat. Thirty of the persistent ruminants have spent time on campus, the latest weapon in Davidson's efforts to curtail a 3.5-acre stand of kudzu on the cross-country trails. The initiative—completely sustainable!—was the brainchild of Rebecca McKee '14, who suggested the college adopt "goatscaping" after seeing it work at her high school.

Did You Know? Harnessing the Sun

Two arrays of solar panels—one featuring 64 solar thermal collector panels, and another featuring 378 photovoltaic (PV) panels—are installed on the roof of Baker Sports Complex. The thermal panels provide energy to heat the showers and Cannon Pool, and the PV panels supply electricity for the building.

Join Us

Yancey Fouché, M.S.
Director of Sustainability

Sustainability Office

  • p: 704-894-3029

Mailing Address

E. Craig Wall, Jr. Academic Building 181 Davidson, NC 28035

Shipping Address

209 Ridge Road Davidson, NC 28035