Center For
Human and Environmental 
sustainability
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:

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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 Studies
Director of the Center for Human and Environmental Sustainability
E | lpowell@sbc.edu    O | Guion Science Center | A102

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center for sustainability news

Sweet Briar again named among nation’s most innovative schools by U.S. News & World Report

Sweet Briar College has once again been named as one of the nation’s Most Innovative Schools, according to the 2021 Best Colleges rankings by U.S. News & World Report. Sweet Briar tied for 24th place with Bryn Mawr, Middlebury and two other institutions in the National Liberal Arts College category. The University of Richmond is […]

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University Business article shares how we found ‘gold’ in our roots

Chris Burt with University Business spoke with President Meredith Woo about Sweet Briar’s unique past, present and future. “The right idea was the notion of female leadership embodied within the liberal arts,” says President Woo. “The right time was the notion that women will inherit this century; this is a good time to be a […]

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NRCS helps Sweet Briar rediscover its roots in agriculture

By: Barbara Bowen Virginia State Public Affairs Specialist, NRCS If you teach a young woman about sustainable agriculture, she will become a more informed consumer. If you immerse her in an agrarian lifestyle with hands-on learning experiences, she just might change the world. At least that’s the idea behind an innovative approach to learning at […]

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