Center for Sustainability

Our mission is to transform Houghton College into a global leader of Christ-centered environmental stewardship.

Why Sustainability?

We believe that sustainability, stewardship, and creation care go hand-in-hand.  To care for God’s creation involves exercising good stewardship principles and requires that we consider how our actions impact our neighbors, both locally and globally. Scripture tells us that God created the world, called it “good,” and then gave humans responsibility as stewards (Gen. 1:28-30).

At its core, creation care is a spiritual issue that directly relates to our views on consumption, materialism, stewardship, thankfulness, simplicity, and love for our neighbor.  Taking care of creation is simply our response to the awesome God who created it.

In the Center for Sustainability we do this in three ways:

  • Educating about local and global sustainability issues
  • Inspiring our community to love and care for God’s creation
  • Implementing long-term, sustainable solutions to environmental challenges
Sun Shining Through Trees

“Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad, let the sea resound, and all that is in it; let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy; they will sing before the Lord.” Psalm 96: 11-13

What We’re Doing

We’re always looking for ways to be more responsible in our stewardship of the earth.  Here are some recent activities and events sponsored by the Center for Sustainability.

Recent Accomplishments:

AASHE STARS Bronze Certification

  • Opened the renovated Center for Sustainability office space on the 3rd floor of Chamberlain atrium
  • Completed certification for the prestigious AASHE Stars Program–a campus sustainability index for higher education–earning a Bronze rating
  • Completed a campus-wide LED lighting retrofit, which will reduce energy usage by 750,000 kWh and (after a 10-year payback period) save $90,000 per year
  • Installed two electric vehicle charging stations
  • Began composting food waste from the dining hall kitchen
  • Published new trail signs and maps for the Houghton trail system
  • Added an apiary and a greenhouse to the campus garden

CFS Recent Events:

  • Church in the Woods: A Sunday morning “creation care” themed worship service in Letchworth State Park
  • Harvestival: A fall celebration and market of local artisans and farmers held on the Quad
  • Co-sponsored lecture on sustainable energy solutions with the American Enterprise Institute
  • Highlander garden volunteer cleanup projects
  • Apple picking event
Highlander Garden

Highlander Garden

The Campus Garden is a student-run enterprise that provides sustainably grown food for the dining hall.

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Solar Array

Our Solar Array is a practical example of creation care in action.

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Eco Reps

Want to get involved in volunteer sustainability leadership on campus? Eco Reps is a great way to make a positive impact!

Eco Reps

Campus Sustainability Map

Click on the icons below to learn about some of the sustainability actions we’ve put into place across the Houghton College campus.