We are vital and growing group of concerned students, staff, administrators, faculty and alumni who are striving to make Merrimack College a more environmentally sustainable institution of higher learning.


To promote the sustainability of natural resources, stewardship of the environment and service to the community. 

To accomplish this we will:

  • Educate: We will develop and support College-wide decision-making mechanisms, tools and policies that make Merrimack a model sustainable learning community through innovative teaching, research and outreach initiatives.
  • Collaborate: We will facilitate cross-disciplinary partnerships and strengthen the College’s responsiveness to environmental, economic and cultural challenges.
  • Communicate: We will communicate as an open community devoted to the freedom of thought, dedication to dialogue and collegial respect.
  • Act: We will commit to act upon our gained knowledge of sustainability to build and steward our community for a better today and tomorrow.

We invite all members of our community to learn, teach, work and study in ways guided by their passion, talent, discipline and their service, and in a manner that makes Merrimack College a vibrant community and environmental steward. 


Biodiesel Project

The project is a joint effort between the College’s Physical Plant and Sodexo Dining Services. Blended fuel, including used cooking oil from food services, is used in Merrimack’s diesel run vehicles. The blended cooking oil/diesel fuel cuts down on emissions, waste and costs.


Merrimack College has a comprehensive recycling program in all buildings on campus.  We recycle aluminum, plastics, glass, metal food containers, mixed paper, cardboard, lawn clippings and more. 

Sodexo Food Service Initiatives

Merrimack College and Sodexo food services have made our dining facilities more environmentally friendly, with use of sustainable products, energy and water saving appliances, and more.

Sweeps Week

This is a Campus Ministry sponsored program that collects unwanted items, including clothing, food, toiletries, linens, housewares and textbooks, as students move out of the residence halls at the end of each academic year in May. The program helps decrease the number of usable items being thrown out. And it helps local low-income families furnish their home. 

More Information

Associate Professor,
Director, Environmental Studies and Sustainability Program