What we are doing

DREW It In The Dark!

Residence halls compete to show how much they #LoveTheForest by saving energy during the competition period (through Feb 19!). The more energy saved, the more you show your Love for The Forest! Why? Less energy means less fossil fuels are burned and less carbon emissions in the atmosphere to degrade our climate.

See all LIVE building rankings on the Energy Storyboard. Or click on “Energy” from Treehouse.

Need Some Tips to Show Your Love of The Forest? Click here.

Show us what you’re doing to #LoveTheForest by using these hashtags on social media.



— Office of Sustainability


Campus Initiatives

Did you know that Drew University has completed 5 building lighting retrofits that have reduced carbon emissions equivalent to planting 186 acres of forest?

Efforts are made every day to become a more sustainable university from the way buildings are designed to the dining services for students. The university has also done tremendous work to develop a Climate Action Plan to reach climate neutrality by 2035, pursuant to the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment.

From a Native Tree Policy to Environmentally Responsible Building Guidelines, Drew’s Sustainability Policies ensure a sustainable campus.

Drew University is dedicated to forest restoration efforts on campus and was a recipient of the NJ Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award. The forest and arboretum on campus is being restored and students are assessing the progress throughout the years (article).  Students have coordinated Fern Fest for 16 years, and the campus comes together to replace a large patch of lawn from the center of campus with native ferns and wildflowers. A meadow was established in the summer of 2012 with the help of student and staff volunteers. The new LEED designed Ehinger Student Center has a rain garden.


Beyond Drew

Through the Center for Civic Engagement at Drew, sustainability efforts are spreading throughout the state of NJ, the United States and the world.

Drew is involved with numerous partners in the community. Drew has been involved in the Madison Green Fair since 2010. The University also has a formal partnership with Morristown Neighborhood House, which is a settlement house for under-served immigrant communities. Drew’s involvement in the Day Labor Community, a group of predominantly Hispanic men, promotes programmatic goals and fair treatment by offering English language course and technological guidance. The University also contributes to after school programs in the local area and Newark through Pathways to Work, Citizen Schools, and the Marion Bolden Student Center. Drew University also works with a variety of other non-profits by sending interns and students. Some of these non-profit programs are Homeless Solutions, Deirdre’s House, Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey, Furniture Assistant, Timeout Madison, and Jersey Battered Women Service.
Since 2009, Drew has planned an alternative spring break trip to Harlan, Kentucky where students will learn about how coal mining affects the community.

Academics & Research

Drew University is not only devoted to creating a sustainable campus, it is also committed to providing top sustainability education. The Environmental Studies & Sustainability (ESS) Program offers students the opportunity to major or minor in a degree program studying real-world global issues and coming up with solutions.

Faculty throughout all three schools at Drew focus on courses related to sustainability education. Click here for a list of faculty involved in sustainability education.

What you can do

Did you know that there are multiple student groups focused on sustainable initiatives at Drew University?

There are many ways to get involved with sustainability at Drew. “What you can do” is a portal for all sustainable activities and actions for on and off campus.

Campus Opportunities

These links contain options for students, faculty, and staff. Students interested in taking an active role in promoting sustainability on campus should consider being an  Eco-Rep, joining or forming a club, taking a course related to sustainability. Faculty and staff can reach out to campus sustainability coordinator about the Drew Sustainability Committee and Green Office Certification.

Green Your Habits…

Here are the many different ways to innovate, conserve and save by greening your living and working habits. https://www.drew.edu/sustainability/projects

Student Groups

DEAL—the Drew Environmental Action League

The mission of the Drew Environmental Action League is to increase campus awareness of environmental issues. The group’s members work to promote activism and positive change towards a more sustainable world. The group hosts the annual reforestation of the campus called Fern Fest and provides environmental volunteer opportunities for Drew students.

For more information, contact Justin Dennis.

TERRA—The graduate and theology student environmental group

TERRA includes students in the Theological School and in the Graduate Division of Religion. TERRA’s goals are to:

  1. Raise awareness of ecological issues on campus as well as in our communities and our world
  2. Foster active participation of students in ecological movements and activities
  3. Engage religious traditions in ecological values and activities, and to celebrate those religious groups that are already actively engaged in environmental activism.

Reach out through the TERRA Facebook Group

Students for Sustainable Food

The Students for Sustainable Food, an activist group formed in 2010 to promote environmentally responsible and fair practices regarding our food choices at Drew University. We have been recognized recently by the Real Food Challenge (RFC) as Regional Grassroots Leaders in our efforts to incorporate more local, organic, humane and overall sustainable foods to campus. The RFC equips college students with the necessary training and resources to make “real food” more accessible on their campuses.

Contact: Addison Del Mastro