Plymouth State is committed to educating students about a sustainable lifestyle, to study and care for the environment, and to promote sustainability to the campus community and the world beyond.

These efforts are evident throughout campus.

For over 25 years, Common Ground, a student environmental and social justice organization, has been focusing on environmental issues through events and service projects. Our Office of Environmental Sustainability works with students, faculty, and staff to achieve our goals and produce a newsletter each semester.

The University developed a Climate Action Plan in January 2010, pledging to reduce campus greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 50% by 2025 and to make its operations greenhouse gas neutral by 2050.

Our Sustainability Minor is an interdisciplinary program that provides students with many ways to be engaged learners, including experiences that use our campus as a “living-learning laboratory” to learn about energy issues and other dimensions of sustainability.

A Campus Sustainability Guide was created by students, faculty, and staff to provide answers to common sustainability questions people working and/or living on campus frequently ask. We also have a long-standing campus-wide recycling program; and EcoHouse shows students how even small-scale environmental design features can have important environmental implications.