Sustainability at Reed

Other Groups & Committees
Involved with Sustainability

Reed has a number of groups and committees that are involved with issues of sustainability; here are a few.

Homestead House (Farm House)

farmhouse imageThe Homestead House, located right next to the growing Reed Farm, is for students who want to live self-sufficiently and build a strong community to revive the days of pioneers in the Willamette Valley. Homesteaders will conserve energy and resources, using wits and ingenuity to simplify and beautify their communal home. Daily activities on the Homestead will include projects and chores to improve and maintain Homestead House as well as crafts and activities to build a sense of family and community. Homesteaders will also collaborate with others on campus, hosting workshops to share skills and learn from one another. Members will be involved with the Reed Sustainable Food Project Farm, working there together to receive a daily dose of vegetables, dirt, and laughter. In return they will grow the community food systems initiative on campus and encourage responsibility for nutrition and conservation as a way of building community at Reed. Read more about the Reed Farm and the Sustainable Food Project Farm on their blog.

The Student Senate

The student senate plays a large and influential role on Reed's campus; it funds student organizations, plays a role in campus policy-making, and works with the staff to generally improve the quality of student life.


greenboard imageGreenboard, Reed's student environmental organization, has been striving for a sustainable campus and planet since 1994. In addition to organizing regular events like Canyon Day and the Power Struggle, Greenboard works to connect Reedies with state and national campaigns and initiate college policies that combat global warming.

Green Computing Task Force

The green computing task force advises the Chief Technology Officer on green computing strategies that Reed should adopt, and responds to green computing suggestions/inquiries made by members of the Reed community. There are a number of great green computing tips they've compiled on their website. View more info.

Green Science Project

The Green Science Project is a weekly forum for Reed College students and faculty to discuss environmental and green science in the broadest sense. Their mission is to raise awareness of scientific investigations of environmental problems and technological developments that affect the environment. View their blogsite.

Reed Canyon
The Reed Canyon provides 26 acres of high quality wildlife habitat in the midst of the city and has been identified in the Johnson Creek Basin Protection Plan as "the only naturally occurring pond (or lake) remaining in the inner-city area." The Reed Canyon Committee and the ongoing canyon restoration effort strive to improve wildlife habitat and water quality in the Johnson Creek watershed. Visit the Reed Canyon website for more information.
Reed Bike Co-op
The bike co-op exists to promote that paramount among vehicles: the bicycle. The co-op provides free maintenance and repair to the Reed community, and will also show you how to do these things yourself. View more details.
Reed Transportation Committee
The Reed Transportation Committee examines alternate ways of transportation to and from campus for students, staff, faculty, and visitors to Reed. These include subsidized bus passes, bicycle parking, providing carpool parking locations, and a Zipcar on campus.
Food Services
Bon Appétit, Reed's independent food service contractor, uses 80-90% local, sustainable produce when in season. About 30% of the food service's budget is spent on local foods, supporting local farmers and our local food shed. Chicken and turkey are antibiotic-free, eggs are cage-free, seafood purchases follow Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Guidelines, ground beef is 100% chuck and meat purchases are from local producers when possible. The food service purchases biodegradable paper products and non-bleached napkins. Vegetable and meat trimmings are used for stock, and rice bran is used for cooking oil (which is more stable than common vegetable oils); cooking oil is recycled. All food waste is composted. Bon Appétit has an eye on the carbon impact of our food choices, and is looking to decrease their carbon footprint as a company. Read more about their sustainable practices.

bikes image