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:

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 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

Willits Food Systems Summer Fellows gain a bounty of experience

In 2018, Sweet Briar embarked on an ambitious plan to make agriculture and sustainability a cornerstone of the campus and student experience. By leveraging the unique resources of the College’s expansive campus, we have brought our agricultural lands back to life. These operations include a 20-hive apiary, two vineyards, a wildflower pollinator meadow and a […]

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Bringing Earth Day to life across campus

Update: See photos from the week’s events! Honoring and caring for our home — both Earth and our special 2,840 acres of it — has always held a prominent place in the collective heart of the Sweet Briar family. We know firsthand the power and peace that one gains from being immersed in a healthy, […]

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‘The Sixth Extinction’ author Elizabeth Kolbert speaks at the 2021 Waxter Environmental Forum

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and The New Yorker staff writer Elizabeth Kolbert will virtually join the Sweet Briar community on April 19 at 7:30 p.m. for a special presentation and Q&A session around her book “The Sixth Extinction,” which is the College’s 2020-2021 Common Read selection. Register here to join this free, public event. Elizabeth joins […]

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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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