Environmental Stewardship

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This college-owned house is one of the three available project houses on campus. A project house consists of students with a common interest and a desire to promote that interest to the campus community. Groups interested in a house must submit a project proposal and present...

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  Heating is enabled in the residence halls after October 15th and the outdoor temperature is below 58 degrees.  To adjust your radiator valve, open the door and find the valve.  Rotate the valve clockwise for less heat and counter clockwise for more heat.  Never close the...
Whether you are a student looking to connect to the community in a meaningful way, a faculty member wanting to add a service component to one of your courses, or staff member interested in a new project, the Service Learning and Civic Engagement Program can assist you in...
  Heating is enable in the residence halls after October 15th and the outdoor temperature is below 58 degrees.  To adjust your radiator valve, open the door and find the valve.  Rotate the valve clockwise for less heat and counter clockwise for more heat.  Never close the...
Grinnell College is dedicated to environmental sustainability. The College: Has an Environmental Responsibility and Sustainability Advisory Committee. Signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment to achieve climate neutrality. Is one of the most...
Grinnell sits in the middle of a vast and dynamic environment known as prairie. Tall grasses, flowering plants, deep root systems, soil, and fire comprise the ecosystem. The complex root system means that two-thirds of the prairie lives below ground, and that fire will destroy...

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Keeping track of nearly twenty local environmental groups can be difficult for the sustainability-minded student. The student-led A More Sustainable Grinnell conference is designed to help. The conference will provide information about the environmental history of the College,...
Keeping track of nearly twenty local environmental groups can be difficult for the sustainability-minded student. The student-led A More Sustainable Grinnell conference is designed to help. The conference will provide information about the environmental history of the College,...
Nestled between two College-owned houses across the street from Younker Hall are nine vegetable beds, a greenhouse, a toolshed, and a brightly painted sign welcoming visitors to the campus garden. Since 1999, the plot has been a hands-on bridge between students and Iowa’s...
Nestled between two College-owned houses across the street from Younker Hall are nine vegetable beds, a greenhouse, a toolshed, and a brightly painted sign welcoming visitors to the campus garden. Since 1999, the plot has been a hands-on bridge between students and Iowa’s...
Carissa Shoemaker ’14 and Stephanie Porter ’14 organized "A More Sustainable Grinnell" this December. It's aim, they said, was to bring “order, cooperation, and cohesion to the environmental groups on campus” through a discussion of current sustainability practices on campus, as...
Carissa Shoemaker ’14 and Stephanie Porter ’14 organized "A More Sustainable Grinnell" this December. It's aim, they said, was to bring “order, cooperation, and cohesion to the environmental groups on campus” through a discussion of current sustainability practices on campus, as...
The Grinnell College Board of Trustees initiated a series of studies at its February meeting designed to result in a wind farm to supply power for college use. College officials are now preparing a financing plan, performing feasibility studies and considering locations to...
A native of Des Moines, Iowa, Nick Hunter ’15 is used to the Iowa State Fair. Named the “world’s greatest state fair” by Buzzfeed, it’s internationally acclaimed and a regular entry on best state fair lists from The Travel Channel to Country Living. With more than a million...
Living Sustainably in Place at Grinnell College presents a dynamic series of events developed by a partnership of environmental, food, and social justice groups, centers, and committees that will bring the Grinnell community together to express our commitment to preserving and...
In a way, you could say the academic drive that eventually led Doug Bechtel ’89 to his new job as executive director of Audubon International started in a Shakespeare class at Grinnell College. A class in which he struggled. “The Grinnell faculty fostered in me and my classmates...
8–10 p.m., Fri., Sept. 6, Conard Environmental Research AreaRain date: Sat., Sept. 7. Call 641-269-4384 for rain-call information. Experience the allure and beauty of the prairie after the sun sets as you explore the College’s Conard Environmental Research Area (CERA)....
Each year, the College starts a recycling project during finals week that lasts until New Student Orientation (NSO) in the fall.  Stuff is collected When students leave at the end of the year, they purge what they’ve accumulated. The Student Environmental Committee salvages it....
More than 3,350 pounds of food — about the weight of a Ford Mustang — was donated to families in the Grinnell community during the 2013­–14 school year. This intensive effort was led by Dylan Bondy ’16, who started the Grinnell College chapter of the Food Recovery Network (FRN)...

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GRINNELL, IA—The Grinnell College Department of Theatre and Dance will premiere the U.S. production of “The Contingency Plan” by British playwright Steve Waters, Oct. 7-10, in Flanagan Arena Theatre in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts on the Grinnell campus. The play, which...

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The Center for Prairie Studies uses Grinnell’s location as a teaching and learning resource and a place to engage in service.  The Center’s diverse programs encourage the exploration of large themes as they play out in this particular setting: human interactions with nature,...
Grinnell’s Service Learning and Civic Engagement Program is an outgrowth of the college’s long history of social responsibility, reflecting our belief that quality civic engagement addresses the common good while providing transformational experiential learning. This program...
With eco-friendly buildings, energy and emissions, policies, and recycling programs, environmentally conscious, sustainable principles are integral to Grinnell life. Students, faculty, and staff can exchange and reuse items through Freecycle@Work and engage with a plethora of...
With an environmental studies concentration, you explore the relationship between humans and our natural environment. Courses help you understand this relationship’s scientific, economic, political, historical, and ethical issues and challenges. You apply what you’ve learned in...
The current Scholarships and Fellowships, Service Awards and Prizes, Post-Graduate Service Opportunities, and Grinnell Corps pages have been relocated to theCenter for Careers, Life, and Service (CLS).

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