Campus Initiatives: Overview

Here is a quick overview of programs associated with some of Elon’s sustainability initiatives. This list is not comprehensive. Click on Campus Initiatives on the left sidebar to explore in more detail the many ways sustainability is addressed in each area.


Creating a More Sustainable Workplace. This Program is offered by the Office of Sustainability, in partnership with the Office of Leadership and Professional Development. Participants learn about Elon’s sustainability program and how they can be a Sustainability Leader in their office.

Don't Trash It! This campaign diverts unwanted, usable items from the landfill. Clothing, housewares and other gently used items are collected during student move-out and donated to local non-profit organizations.



Earth Week. Elon celebrates Earth Day every April with Earth Week, a series of sustainability-related events sponsored by different student organizations and the Office of Sustainability. Elon has hosted a number of nationally recognized speakers in previous years including Annie Leonard, Anna Lappé and Colin Beavan (No Impact Man), Hunter Lovins, Dr. Sandra Steingraber, Dani Nierenberg, Eileen Claussen and Dr. Robert Bullard.


Phoenix Cup. A series of competitions in the fall and spring aimed at reducing our ecological Phoenix footprint.

Pledge. Help reduce our collective impact on the environment by commiting to three simple, positve changes in your own life.

Sustainability Faculty Scholars. This program supports faculty who are interested in incorporating the principles of sustainability into their courses.

Sustainability Research Scholars. Students who perform research related to sustainability at Elon University are eligible to apply for a $1,000 grant.

Share the Ride NC. Elon has an online rideshare community to facilitate carpooling. Members of the Elon community can post a ride and be matched with other Elon community members heading in the same direction.

Zipcar. Students, faculty and staff can become Zipcar members for access to on-demand cars by the hour or day. It's an affordable, self-service car rental with vehicles parked on campus.