Center for the Sustainable Environment

The hub of sustainability efforts and initiatives at F&M can be found in the Center for the Sustainable Environment (CSE), a campus space committed to enriching the F&M experience through environmental stewardship and sustainability.

Advocating for a Sustainable World

The Center for the Sustainable Environment, or CSE, unites the many interests and initiatives relating to global environmental stewardship and sustainability on campus. The CSE space offers a seminar room, a field-work laboratory space, a community outreach room, office space, and a student commons. Our location close to the heart of campus offers an ideal hub for students, faculty and staff to engage in activities relating to our three main objectives: education, action, and example. 


Facilitating F&M’s dedication to excellence in undergraduate education, we work with faculty and students across all disciplines to offer sustainably-based lectures, seminars, research projects, outreach activities, and green living resources. Past programming at the Center includes:


A sustainable idea doesn’t have to remain just that. Sustainable efforts originate in all corners of campus, and we serve as a launchpad to bring these ideas to life. By coordinating sustainable efforts collegewide, we enhance F&M’s reputation as a leader in the community through the innovation, execution, and promotion of meaningful environmental stewardship. Recent initiatives include:

Our Focus


We lead by example. We strive to minimize our environmental impact. Our long term goal is to create sustainable practices and methodologies that can serve as a working model for other facilities on campus and across the broader Lancaster community. The Center itself features many environmentally friendly and sustainable features: carpets made from recycled plastic bottles and recycled car tires, reclaimed hardwood flooring, recycled cork flooring, American Clay walls, dual-flush toilets, and Mythic paint (non-toxic, zero-volatile organic compounds (VOC) paint).

Sustainability at F&M

We’re committed to serving as a leader in building a sustainable world. We pride ourselves on looking at every possible angle to create a more sustainable future for both the campus and the world. Explore how we implement our sustainability master plan with initiatives that showcase the most recent advances in sustainable ideas and technology.

Lancaster Community Resources

Are you a Lancaster community member hoping to learn more about sustainability? We’re proud to offer resources for neighbors who would like to live “green.”

CSE in Action at F&M

April 24, 2023

Mindful Moments: Unwinding in Nature

Sometimes, it's the quiet and contemplative moments in between class and co-curriculars where the most personal growth occurs. In this mindfulness miniseries, we explore moments of calm and...Franklin & Marshall College offers students a hands-on education that emphasizes close relationships with faculty. Students flourish in a supportive community that treats them as an individual, and their successes continue long after F&M. The College is a national leader in launching students and alumni to opportunities where they make a difference in the community and the world.

September 14, 2021

An Appalachian Adventure Begins at F&M

Thirty first-year students at Franklin & Marshall recently swapped their books and syllabi for hiking boots and trail mix. Pioneered in 2012, Franklin & Marshall College's First-Year...F&M First-Year Outdoor Orientation Trip (FOOT) is a program designed for first-year students interested in sustainability, environment & the oudoors.

July 26, 2021

Weaving Lancaster's Rich Farming Community into the Classroom

Three environmental studies and government students research how to incorporate Lancaster County's farming industry into F&M's curriculum. Franklin & Marshall College is tucked in the...Environmental studies and government students research and collaborate with Lancaster County's farming industry to add sustainable food systems minor.