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Your experience at JMU can prepare you with the knowledge and skills needed to make informed decisions about environmental sustainability. Plan your path now so that you graduate prepared to contribute to a sustainable future.


In the February 2024 JMU Continuing Student Survey, 78% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that JMU offers many opportunities for students to develop awareness, knowledge, and understanding of environmental concepts.


From the February 2024 JMU Continuing Student Survey, 42% percent of respondents indicated that they very often or often considered environmental impacts when making daily choices. 



See highlights of campus environmental stewardship progress from 2021-2023.


Select courses that will develop your environmental stewardship knowledge and reasoning skills. Opportunities to learn about the environment and sustainability in courses are not limited to students in environmental programs. 


Choose to engage with others by creating a healthier planet.

  • Take part in an environment-focused Alternative Break. Alternative Break Trips & Other Service-Learning

  • Get involved with environmentally-focused student organizations. Explore JMU organizations that help the environment at by searching using the “environmental” category on the Be Involved website. Student Organizations.

  • Participate in James Madison Center for Civic Engagement programs that address impactful ways individuals can contribute to addressing environmental problems. Civic Engagement

  • Register for the University Recreation Center's (UREC) demonstration cooking classes that support a more sustainable lifestyle, such as “Vegan Around the World” and “Easy Plant-Based Cooking.” Also, UREC’s Adventure Program offers trips that teach and follow “Leave No Trace” principles while hiking, kayaking, skiing, canoeing and more.

  • Learn about how environmental problems are explored, and solutions are developed and implemented on JMU’s campus. Take the Environmental Stewardship Tour to discover some of the places, programs and people involved. Visit selected campus sites that demonstrate environmental sustainability and support learning and applied research. Sustainability features at our tour locations include a green roof, green buildings, rain gardens, pollinator habitats, a naturalized landscape, and more.


Contribute to sustainable solutions by driving progress and innovating.

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