Grinnell College Statement of Environmental Responsibility

Grinnell College believes that as a liberal arts institution with a strong social commitment, we have a duty to the environment, society, and future generations to be leaders in environmental stewardship, education, and policy. Grinnell College is therefore committed to incorporating environmental responsibility into policies, decisions, and daily life on campus.

For more information, see Environmental Stewardship at Grinnell College.


The Campus Advisory Committee on Environmental Concerns, popularly known as EcoCampus, is a group of faculty, staff and students which was founded by faculty in 1996 in order to:

  • research & share information on environmental concerns
  • be a central voice for communicating concerns
  • EcoCampus has been charged by the College President to research College actions that affect the environment and to lend advice on courses of action.


The Campus Advisory Committee on Environmental Concerns' membership is made up of faculty, staff and students.

The Environmental & Safety Coordinator is a member ex officio of the committee.

Four faculty, including one from each division, are appointed by the FOC and approved by the faculty. These members will serve two year terms with staggered appointments (two faculty appointed each year). Existing members of the committee may request continuing their appointments, but FOC does not guarantee they will be reappointed, in keeping with procedures for other committees.

Four administrative and/or support staff, with particular emphasis on membership from the following areas of the college: student services, housing, procurement, reprography, facilities management, and dining. Interested administrative and support staff members should contact the chair of EcoCampus. In the case that there are more individuals interested than available positions, the committee will vote at the end of each year from among the interested persons on those who will be invited to join the committee for the following year. In the event that there are no new interested staff members, the committee will vote at the end of the year on members to invite to join for the coming year.

Four students. Recent student membership has included representation from the following: Student Government Association, Environmental Action Group, Free The Planet, and Environmental Studies concentrators. Interested students should contact the chair of EcoCampus. Student members will be added in the same manner as staff.

4 November 2005
Approved by FOC, November 2005.
Sent to Student Council for approval 3/13/06

Members of the 2008-2009 Committee

  • Christopher Bair (Environmental & Safety Coordinator)
  • Michael Burt (Facilities Management)
  • Bob Cadmus (Physics)
  • Janet Davis (Computer Science, Chair)
  • John Fennell (Philosophy)
  • Hart Ford-Hodges (Biology '10)
  • Richard Fyffe (Library)
  • Paige Greenley (Anthropology '09)
  • Caroline Kory (Religious Studies '11)
  • Eric Nost (Independent '09)
  • Liz Queathem (Biology)
  • Neal Wepking (Biology '10)

Contact the EcoCampus committee by emailing ecocampus[at]grinnell[dot]edu or calling Janet Davis at x4306.

Projects and Accomplishments

  • Current (2008-2009)
    • Environmental audit of Burling Library. This audit, which also involves members of FTP, is intended to be a pilot program for auditing other buildings and spaces on campus.
    • Increasing the visibility of environmental information on campus.
  • Past
    • Held Future Workshop (2007-2008)
    • Identified environmental indicators to monitor (2005-2006)
    • Provided recommendations to wind energy feasibility committee (2005-2006)
    • Created a set of green building guidelines for Grinnell College (2005-2006)
    • Created an environmental policy statement for Grinnell College (2004-2005)
    • Completed a campus sustainability assessment with Rick Clugston of ULSF and presented his Final Recommendations (2004-2005)
    • Advised and promoted green design in campus planning (East dorms, JRC, CERA)
    • Researched feasibility of food waste composting
    • Promoted recycling and reducing solid waste
    • Lobbied for default to double-sided printing for campus printers
    • Lobbied for a full-time environmental coordinator