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Center for Sustainability

The Center for Sustainability is where the Agnes Scott community learns about the challenges of global climate change, including climate and environmental justice. Our mission is to seek collaborations on innovative and equitable solutions for sustainability on and off campus. 

The Center is staffed by an executive director, one sustainability fellow, interns, work-study students, and student volunteers. The current full-time staff are all Agnes Scott alums. We work with students, faculty, and staff on projects including:

  • Climate action and climate resilience planning
  • Energy and water efficiency upgrades
  • Renewable energy installations 
  • Recycling and composting 
  • Environmental justice 
  • Maintenance of the campus arboretum and sustainable landscaping 
  • Student involvement and activities, including Environmental Residents in each residence hall 
  • Interdisciplinary curriculum initiatives, including a minor in environmental sustainability studies 


Interested in engaging with the Center for Sustainability? Contact us here.

Climate Resilience Plan

Learn more about the climate resilience plan at Agnes Scott.


The Arboretum is made up of every tree across our 100-acre campus. Take a virtual tour by scanning the QR codes next to the trees to learn more about each one.

Environmental & Sustainability Studies

Discover the academic side of sustainability. Find out more about the interdisciplinary curriculum, classes, faculty, and internships.

News & Updates

The Joint Climate Resilience Plan Is Published

Agnes Scott College and the City of Decatur are pleased to announce the release of the joint Climate Resilience Plan (CRP)! The CRP draws on existing commitments and programs of both partners, but also sets out new strategies for ensuring the resilience of the community. Focus areas include energy, water, and greenspace. The plan also includes specific equitable outcomes, emergency response programs and emergency facilities accessible across all income levels in Decatur, and specific energy efficiency and renewable energy programs that benefit the entire community.

President Leocadia I. Zak and Susan Kidd Named USGBC 2020 South Atlantic Women to Watch

President Leocadia I. Zak and Executive Director of Sustainability, Susan Kidd, were named USGBC 2020 South Atlantic Women to Watch! The United States Green Building Council’s Women in Green initiative is a worldwide leadership platform that celebrates women who are shifting the narrative on empowerment, access, and impact in the clean energy economy. The initiative launched their “Sheroes, Stand Up” leadership recognition campaign this year to acknowledge the women catalyzing change and creating a greener, healthier and more equitable future. We are so proud to see that not one, but two incredible women leaders from the Agnes Scott College community are on the list.

Agnes Scott Named Tree Campus USA for the 12th Year in A Row

Agnes Scott College has been recognized as a Tree Campus - for twelve years in a row! The program honors colleges and universities for effective campus forest management, and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. Agnes Scott meets the five core standards of this program by having a campus Arboretum Advisory Committee, adopting a Tree Care Plan, putting routine maintenance and care into our campus trees, celebrating Georgia's Arbor Day, and coordinating yearly service projects aimed at engaging the student body. Trees provide many benefits, including being a solution to combating the effects of climate change.

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