Our Vision:
Empowered Human Communities. Resilient Natural Communities. 

Our Mission:
To provide natural resource experiences and societal experiences that foster understanding of our place in the world.

Our commitment

The University of the South recognizes the importance of the planet and its resources and the Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability (OESS) serves as a resources to the University community to shepherd awareness about stewardship and sustainability, as well as catalyzing action throughout the campus, the Domain and the community.

Our Team

The OESS welcomes visitors looking for ways to get involved or searching for information on the University’s sustainability initiatives. If you are on campus, come visit. We are located in Cleveland Annex 110. You can find the office in the corner of the main quad farthest from the main entrance of All Saints' Chapel.

The Domain

The term “Domain” is used interchangeably to describe both the entire 13,000 acres and the 11,800 acre natural land. What makes the landscape of the Domain such a unique educational asset for the study of the environment is the continuum that exists with ‌the human-built environment extending into this natural environment context.

The University Farm

The University Farm supplies McClurg Dining Hall, Stirling’s Coffee House, and the Cup & Gown Cafe with over one ton of product annually, including fresh eggs, salad greens, and other produce. Want to get your hands dirty? Labs, research, independent study, and social events are just a few ways to get down on the farm.

Headwaters Initiative

The Sewanee Headwaters Initiative (SHI) serves to improve our ecological understanding of headwater systems and promote purpose-driven management and stewardship that benefit present and future communities.‌‌


Students can get involved in many sustainably-minded groups and activities around campus. Sustain Leaders are students who take on at least a year-long project that centers around sustainability on campus while participating in personal and professional development programming throughout the school year. One of these projects that has now come to fruition is the Environmental Residents (ER) program. Past Sustainability Fellow, Lauren Newman, C'18, started the ER program to focus on raising awareness of sustainability practices starting in the heart of the student's homes - residence halls. The ER program looks for new students to participate during mid-Spring semester.


Sewanee's Integrated Program in the Environment is one of the premier collections of environmental offerings in the country. A working farm, a 13,000-acre forest, and well-funded internships offer opportunities to apply your classroom learning. An expansive curriculum—including natural and social sciences as well as the humanities and fine arts—offers students multiple pathways for gaining an understanding of the ecological complexity and wonder of the earth we inhabit.