• The Bunker Center at Calvin College
    The Bunker Interpretive Center is Calvin’s gold LEED-certified building at the edge of a 100-acre Ecosystem Preserve.
  • Students walking in the ecosystem preserve in winter
    The Ecosystem Preserve includes public trails and many other features to get you connected with nature.
  • The Calvin community garden
    Calvin’s community garden is run entirely by students coordinators.
  • Calvin's demonstration wind turbine
    Calvin has several initiatives on campus, including a student-built demonstration wind turbine, for conserving energy and increasing the use of renewable energy.

Learn to care for God’s creation

You care about God’s creation, and so do we. Deepen your understanding of the issues surrounding environmental sustainability by joining one of many green initiatives on Calvin’s campus.

In Their Own Words
    Made in God’s image to live in loving communion with our Maker, we are appointed earthkeepers and caretakers to tend the earth, enjoy it, and love our neighbors. God uses our skills for the unfolding and well-being of his world so that creation and all who live in it may flourish.” Our World Belongs to God, A Contemporary Testimony


Ways to get involved

There are many ways to get involved with sustainability efforts at Calvin. Participate in the January Kill-a-Watt competition in the dorms, join a student organization or spend your first two years living with others who care about green initiatives on the Creation Care floor.

Student Organizations
Majors and Minors

Consider a major or minor in environmental science or environmental studies.

Creation Care/Outdoor Recreation Community

Apply to live on this special residence hall floor.

Community Garden

Get your hands dirty by tending Calvin’s student-run community garden, an 18-bed space that grows delicious vegetables like basil and snow peas. See the Community Garden on Facebook.

Kill-a-Watt Competition

Compete with other dorms on how much electricity you can save.

Black-Out Event

Play games in the dark for an hour in your dorm!

Trayless Dining

Save water in the dining hall by carrying your plate and glass to the table without a tray.


Wear green with your friends on this day to show solidarity with Calvin’s environmental initiatives.

Lifestyle Challenges

Earn points for your dorm by going vegan for a month, or completing other challenges.

Freecycle Day

Trade usable goods with your friends at this Earth Day event.

Mad Farmer Foodfest

Local farmers come to campus for a day and serve delicious, sustainably-grown foods.