At Linfield College being green isn't just about saving energy, it's also about promoting ways for the community to live greener. Linfield encourages students to create a more sustainable future through an innovative grant program that funds green projects including a campus community garden, bike co-op and composting program.

Now the college is offsetting carbon emissions associated with its natural gas use through NW Natural's Smart Energy program.

"The Smart Energy program is a good example of a collaborative partnership that helps us build upon our current sustainability practices and reach our goal of carbon neutrality," said Thomas L. Hellie, Linfield president.

Recently, T.J. Day Hall, a historic campus building, underwent a green restoration and received LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. The Sustainable Food Systems Internship Program, launched last summer, gives students the opportunity to take a critical look at the current food system, and even put in sweat equity on local farms. The college also started a Zero Waste Campaign to reduce the amount of waste taken to the landfill, adding compost buckets to each residence hall and a solar-powered trash compactor and new recycling bins throughout the college including all athletic fields. For these efforts and others, Duncan Reid, the college's sustainability coordinator, received the Frieda L. Miller Conservation Educator Award presented by the Yamhill Soil and Water Conservation District, which honors an individual or organization providing conservation education to youth or adults in Yamhill County.

Linfield is among 500 institutions working toward net zero carbon footprints under The American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment. Through efficiency upgrades, Linfield is saving enough natural gas and electricity to heat 1,837 homes and power 687 others each year.