Center For
Human and Environmental 
Together, Sweet Briar College and our local community are working toward a more sustainable and resilient future for our campus and surrounding region.
areas of focus

The Center for Human and Environmental Sustainability facilitates curriculum, research and community engagement activities that support improved environmental outcomes, economic development, equity and quality of life. As part of this, the Center facilitates integration between academic activities and the 2,840 acres of campus landscape and agricultural operations. Explore our primary areas of focus:

feature Resources

Since 2018, Sweet Briar has installed a 20-hive apiary, two vineyards, a 20-acre wildflower meadow for pollinator habitat and, most recently, a 26,000-square-foot greenhouse. See what's growing and thriving on campus:

meet the director

Lisa Powell

Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Agriculture
Director of the Center for Human and Environmental Sustainability
E |    O | Guion Science Center | A102

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center for sustainability news

Sweet Briar College dedicates the Kelley and C. T. Fitzpatrick Center for Creativity, Design and the Arts

On Friday, May 6, Sweet Briar College dedicated the Kelley and C. T. Fitzpatrick Center for Creativity, Design and the Arts. When President Meredith Woo joined the Sweet Briar community in 2017, one of the first things she did was charge the faculty to create innovative programming around the College’s strengths. The faculty responded by […]

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Community collaboration shines during Earth Week

Earth Week at Sweet Briar is always full of creative and purposeful community events celebrating our environment and encouraging us to live sustainably. This year, the Sustainability Club and Center for Human and Environmental Sustainability are partnering with over a dozen other campus groups including clubs, offices and courses, to offer a wide variety of […]

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Robin Wall Kimmerer on “Braiding Sweetgrass” and special events series

Sweet Briar College is thrilled to welcome Robin Wall Kimmerer on March 23, 2022, for a special in-person (and livestream) presentation on her book “Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants.” In addition to this feature event, Sweet Briar is hosting a series of events that complement the themes of the […]

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The Sweet Briar Train Station

When Indiana Fletcher Williams was born in 1828, the golden age of steam locomotion hadn’t yet begun. Indiana was about a year old when the first steam engine was built in the United States, and, of course, it would be several years before trains really became the way to travel. Indiana and Daisy Williams regularly […]

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