Hiram College

Sustainability

“Sustainability, for me, means a brighter future.” – Elijah Skaggs ‘21

Students, faculty and staff at Hiram recognize that the issues threatening the environment must be addressed now for the sake of communities and generations to come. While sustainability is an area of focus in the classroom as part of the Environmental Studies program, the Hiram community is also actively addressing sustainability issues across campus through programs made possible by the leadership and involvement of students.

Hiram’s sustainability efforts have been in progress for years and continue to evolve. Thanks in part to efforts made by student sustainability groups, the College is working to reduce waste, naturally maintain the beauty of campus, and utilize more renewable energy sources in the coming decades.

In recognition of Hiram College’s commitment to effective urban forest management, the Arbor Day Foundation — the nation’s largest non-profit dedicated to planting trees — honored the College with recognition as a Tree Campus Higher Education® college. The Tree Campus Higher Education program commends colleges and universities that have developed and continue to maintain healthy community forests. Hiram achieved the title by meeting five core standards of tree care and community engagement, which include a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance, and a student service-learning project.

  • The TREE House

    The Teaching, Research, and Environmental Engagement House is the home of Hiram’s environmental studies program. This house, built in 1901, underwent a “deep energy retrofit” and reopened in October 2014 as a model of energy efficiency and sustainability.

  • The Field Stations

    Hiram College has two field stations. Less than three miles from campus, the James H. Barrow Biological Field Station is an active research and educational facility. Located in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, we have a beautiful camp called the Northwoods Field Station.