The Office offers three in-person opportunities for helping your class or student organization learn about sustainability. 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.

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. We ask that the requester be present during the requested activity.

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 Your classroom Big picture relevance of sustainability;
Elon sustainability initiatives;
Individual contributions
Lesson Request
Guided Campus Sustainability Tour
50 min.
Eco-Reps Global, Lakeside, Inman, Colonnades General sustainability initiatives at Elon Campus Tour Request
Loy Farm Tour
1 hour
Office of Sustainability staff Solar farm, Responsible Design Studio, Agricultural farm (transportation provided) Specific sustainability initiatives (solar farm & Elon Environmental Center activities) Loy Request

Note: When accessing the request forms, be sure to use your work or school account when logging into Office 365. If you have trouble accessing the request forms, clear your browser cache and try again or use a different browser.

Detailed Descriptions:

Sustainable Living Lesson

50 minutes

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 an interactive lesson and good for Elon 101 or COR 110 courses and others with primarily first-year students.  The lesson is delivered in your classroom 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.
    Request a lesson

Guided Campus Sustainability Tour

50 minutes

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. This walking tour begins at Global Commons and ends at the geothermal pumphouse at Colonnades.
Request a campus tour

Loy Farm Tour

1 hour

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 is provided to and from Loy Farm.
Request a Loy Farm tour

The Office of Sustainability offers numerous 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, as we can accommodate tours of 5+ people upon request.  Register for a pre-scheduled Loy Farm Tour.