The Office offers three 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.

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.




Your Classroom

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

50 min.




Meet at Global Commons

General sustainability initiatives at Elon Campus Tour Request
Loy Farm Tour

1 hour

Office of Sustainability staff Loy Farm: Solar farm, Responsible Design Studio, Agricultural farm (transportation provided) Specific sustainability initiatives (solar farm & Elon Environmental Center activities) Loy Farm Tour Request

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Detailed Descriptions:

Sustainable Living Lesson

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 1010 or COR 1100 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.
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Guided Campus Sustainability Tour

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.
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Loy Farm Tour

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. This tour DOES NOT include a tour of the Eco Village.  Transportation is provided to and from Loy Farm. If needed, more than one trip to Loy Farm will be made to ensure proper physical distancing.
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