Allegheny College incorporates environmental principles and ethics into disciplines as diverse as art, geology, writing, political science, economics, history, philosophy, and communication arts. Students may focus on sustainability through established majors and minors or by self-designing a concentration of study.

Academic Programs

Student-Faculty Research to Leverage Sustainable Change
Curricular integration, student research and written reports have had transformative value for Allegheny’s continuing sustainability efforts. Students are partners in the dialogue, development, and integration of sustainability principles into existing operations, projects and budgets. Students have designed rain gardens, green walls, native landscaping; installed solar arrays and production gardens; and provided valuable research resulting in the adoption of technologies and practices such as geothermal heating and cooling and LEED certification.


Senior Comprehensive Project
Allegheny seniors must independently design and complete a comprehensive project. In many instances, this student work has challenged Allegheny to further sustainability efforts while also providing the research and recommendations to aid implementation. Examples include:

  • Feasibility studies for on-campus wind or solar energy
  • Integration of local foods into dining halls
  • Developing a greenhouse gas inventory

Life Paths
With an interdisciplinary foundation in the liberal arts and an emphasis on experiential learning, Allegheny prepares students for a multitude of life paths and careers. Allegheny graduates have found success in urban planning, land use and resource management, sustainable farming, watershed management, renewable energy, community gardens, conservation, macroeconomics and environmental law, journalism, education, regulation, research and art.