Sustainable Living

A commitment to the world

When William Judson Boone founded The College of Idaho in 1891, he envisioned a school that could educate future leaders to use their heads, hearts and hands to shape a better earth.  Dr. Boone’s passion was the natural world; he practiced botany.  He desired to educate the whole person.

The College of Idaho continues his legacy through curricular programs including courses in botany, outdoor fieldwork in the U.S. and abroad, and the Environmental Studies major.  Athletic programs such as our ski and cross country teams, and extracurricular experiences such as Outdoor Program trips encourage exploring of the natural world both in southwestern Idaho and around the globe.  Concurrent to these programmatic commitments, the College has taken steps to green the campus through its partnership with Bon Appetit (our food service provider), a Sustainability Council made up of students, faculty and staff, student organizations such as TERRA, and the Campus Sustainability Steward positions.