About Us: Sustainable Spelman

Spelman Earns 2013 Tree Campus USA Recognition

 "Trees are a vital component of campus infrastructure and landscaping. First, properly placed trees create a welcoming space for students, staff and alumnae, providing a much-needed relief from heat and a a quiet place to reflect or study. Second, trees keep our air and water clean and remove harmful pollutants. Third, trees save money by reducing energy use and improving storm water management." 
                                           -- John Rosenow, chief executive, Arbor Day Foundation

Spelman College has received the 2013 Tree Campus USA recognition. Tree Campus USA, a national program launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota, honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation.

Spelman met the five core standards for sustainable campus forestry required by Tree Campus USA, including establishment of a tree advisory committee, evidence of a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance, and the sponsorship of student service-learning projects.

The Atlanta University Center is also one of three metro Atlanta communities selected by Sustainable Atlanta to participate in the first year of the Greater Atlanta EcoDistrict initiative. EcoDistricts play an important role in preserving community pride while transforming the metro Atlanta region into an innovative and sustainable leader that can compete for localized jobs of the future. Sustainable Atlanta will also partner participating neighborhoods to provide in-depth expertise ranging from local food production to energy efficiency retrofitting to youth-led park designs.

Sustainable Spelman

The mission of the College's sustainability initiative is to extend our reach and engage the Spelman community in authentic conversations that will increase awareness, knowledge and action on campus.

"Spelman has a choice to change the world. But before we can change the world, we have to change ourselves… Understanding our own environmental impact and seeking to reduce it is a choice that all of us can make every day."

"The sustainability theme continues to be important as we continue our work as signatories to the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. Our Sustainability Task Force, led by Art Frazier and Dr. Fatemeh Shafiei, is doing great work, and we will continue that effort this year as we look to reduce our carbon footprint and increase our stewardship of our natural resources such as clean water and clean air with the development of our Climate Action Plan."

 -- Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, President, Spelman College

Strategic Planning

Spelman's Strengthening the Core Strategic Plan for 2015 starts with a greener community by achieving the following GOALS:

Global Perspective, by working to achieve a “greener” Spelman, we are currently involved in a number of initiatives to create a more environmentally sustainable campus. Spelman College is committed to establish Spelman as a model academic institution in this regard, and our leadership will affect lives positive social change;

Operational Excellence, which will create an optimal experience for all campus visitors;

Accountability, evident in greater cross-institutional cooperation, improved efficiency, and consistently excellent service;

Leadership Opportunities, including professional development and training, for continued growth and development;

Service and Community Engagement beyond our gates. 

Sustainable Policies