The Office offers three opportunities for helping your class or student organization learn about sustainability. Each of these options has an in-person and virtual option. To varying degrees all activities touch on the relevance of sustainability, sustainability-related initiatives at Elon and how students can contribute to sustainability efforts. See the table and descriptions below to see which activity is best for your class or group.

For in-person and live virtual sessions, it is possible to adjust the length of the lesson or tours to better fit your class needs but this must be noted when you receive your confirmation email. Pre-recorded virtual tours or lessons vary in length from approximately 20 to 45 minutes.

To allow enough time to schedule staff and drivers (when applicable) please make requests at least 2 weeks prior to desired activity time.

Quick Comparison:

Activity Delivered by Location Content Focus Request
Sustainable Living Lesson 

50 min.

Eco-Reps In-person: your classroom

Live virtual

Pre-recorded virtual

Big picture relevance of sustainability;
Elon sustainability initiatives;
Individual contributions
Lesson Request
Guided Campus Sustainability Tour

50 min.

Eco-Reps/ Office of Sustainability staff In-person: Global, Lakeside, Inman, Colonnades

Pre-recorded virtual

General sustainability initiatives at Elon Campus Tour Request
Loy Farm Tour

1 hour

Office of Sustainability staff In-person: Solar farm, Responsible Design Studio, Agricultural farm (transportation provided)

Pre-recorded virtual

Specific sustainability initiatives (solar farm & Elon Environmental Center activities) Loy Request

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Detailed Descriptions:

Sustainable Living Lesson

Format Options:

In Person: Eco-Reps will come to your class to provide the Sustainable Living Lesson. All COVID-19 safety precautions, such as face coverings and social distancing, must be followed. 50  minutes.

Live Virtual: Eco-Reps will deliver the Sustainable Living Lesson via WebEx and will be able to interact with students and answer questions. A link will be provided via email to the requester to distribute to their class. 50 minutes.

Pre-Recorded Virtual: A pre-recorded Sustainable Living Lesson link will be provided to the requester via email to distribute to students. This pre-recorded version can be viewed at any time. Questions can be sent to sustainability@elon.edu.

The Sustainable Living lesson was created by Elon students (with guidance from Office of Sustainability staff) for Elon students, specifically first-year students. It is good for Elon 101 or COR 110 courses and others with primarily first-year students. The lesson is delivered in your classroom or virtually by Eco-Reps, trained peer educators.

Lesson Content:

  • Introduction to the definition of sustainability as it is used at Elon and an interactive demonstration about resource use by country
  • Overview of sustainability initiatives at Elon
  • Completion of an Ecological Footprint to examine environmental impact of individual actions
  • Concludes by focusing on how individuals can make a difference through daily personal choices and habits.
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Guided Campus Sustainability Tour

Format Options:

In Person: Eco-Reps will meet your class in the Global Neighborhood to provide the Guided Campus Sustainability Tour. All COVID-19 safety precautions, such as face coverings and social distancing, must be followed. 50 minutes.

Pre-Recorded Virtual: A pre-recorded Guided Campus Sustainability Tour link will be provided to the requester via email to distribute to students. This pre-recorded version can be viewed at any time and is approximately 20 minutes. Questions can be sent to sustainability@elon.edu.

Led by Eco-Reps, your class will learn about LEED buildings and the many other sustainability initiatives underway at Elon by observing and discussing features at Global, Lakeside, Inman and Colonnades. The in-person version of the walking tour begins at Global Commons and ends at the geothermal pumphouse at Colonnades.
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Loy Farm Tour

Format Options:

In Person: An Office of Sustainability Staff member will provide the Loy Farm Tour. All COVID-19 safety precautions, such as face coverings and social distancing, must be followed. 50 minutes to 1 hour.

Pre-Recorded Virtual: A pre-recorded Loy Farm Tour link will be provided to the requester via email to distribute to students. This pre-recorded version can be viewed at any time and is approximately 20 minutes. Questions can be sent to sustainability@elon.edu.

This tour discusses specific sustainability initiatives related to activities at the solar farm and Elon Environmental Center, which includes the responsible design studio, forest classroom and agricultural farm. Transportation for the in-person tour is provided to and from Loy Farm. If needed, more than one trip to Loy Farm will be made to ensure proper social distancing.
Request a Loy Farm tour

The Office of Sustainability offers Loy Farm Tours throughout the year that students, faculty or staff can sign up for at any time. If these do not fit into your schedule, please contact sustainability@elon.edu, as we can accommodate tours of 5+ people upon request.  Register for a pre-scheduled Loy Farm Tour.