is a challenging, high energy, continually evolving
community founded on the values of cooperative learning,
open inquiry and diversity. Evergreen is a pioneer
in developing high quality innovative educational
programs that bridge the gaps between academic disciplines.
Students engage in the study of ideals, concepts and
problems based on real-world issues and questions.
Evergreen assist students in learning how to learn.
It emphasizes communication, critical thinking and
problem solving. Educational programs are transformed
by a set of core beliefs that flow through everything
the college does:
The main purpose
of a college is to teach, and good teaching involves
close interaction between faculty and students.
or shared learning is better than learning in isolation
and in competition with others.
differences is critical to learning.
-- pulling together different ideas and concepts --
is better than learning fragmented bits of information.
-- applying what's learned to projects and activities
-- is better than passively receiving knowledge.
isn't just a bandwagon we're hopping onto. It's woven
into the very fabric of our identity, and history,
as an institution." – Les Purce (President)
Since 1971, Evergreen has built a national reputation
for environmental studies at the undergraduate and
graduate levels. For over 25 years, Evergreen has
offered full-time interdisciplinary programs in energy
studies, environmental design, and ecological agriculture.
Evergreen has set a goal of reaching climate neutrality
by 2020 and is developing an institutional action
plan to achieve that goal. As part of the plan, Evergreen
has completed its first comprehensive greenhouse gas
inventory to establish a baseline and help track progress.
Evergreen’s 1000-acre campus includes about
800 acres of woods, forest and saltwater beach used
for teaching and learning, but also incorporates nature
and learning within its more developed areas. The
college is continuing to change its landscape for
the better with green roofs, replacement of non-native
plants with native vegetation, and installation of
teaching gardens. Evergreen’s local, local organic
and organic food purchases amount to between 28% and
38% per week. The college now purchases 18% of the
food for its Dining Service from within 150 miles
of the campus with a goal of expanding that percentage.
House is a community of students committed to a living
an environmentally conscious, socially just, and sustainable
lifestyle. Residents commit to volunteering for 8
hours each month on campus and in the larger community.
Evergreen students typically
enroll in a single program that draws together different
academic subjects while exploring a central theme.
They might, for example, study health-care problems
by exploring real-world issues from the viewpoints
of biology, history, philosophy, sociology, economics
and literature. A freshmen program generally has 70
to 90 students and three to four faculty from different
academic disciplines. Evergreen students have the
flexibility to design their own academic pathways.
The College's emphasis on students and educational
innovation attracts some of the best teachers anywhere,
hired and evaluated primarily on the quality of their
teaching. Teaching is never delegated to teaching
Most Evergreen students complete one or more internships
by the time they graduate. Students have worked as
river rangers in the Grand Canyon guiding researchers,
documented the travels of gray whales, tutored refugees,
and as support staff in shelters for abused women.
carry their sense of involvement and social responsibility
with them in their careers as educators, social workers,
entertainers, lawyers, health care professionals,
administrators, artists, entrepreneurs and a diversity
of other occupations.
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Preparing seedlings in the greenhouse