Morris is a tightly knit community of innovative students that create their own path. At Morris, there’s a lot of flexibility to craft your own education and incorporate your interests in sustainability and the environment. Our students care about ideas, but they’re also passionate about putting those ideas to work.
As a small, liberal arts college “in the middle of everywhere,” Morris is a place where you can be adventurous in your ambitions and feel supported by your community.
Morris: A Renewable, Sustainable Education
The sustainability movement at Morris was catalyzed by our students. We’re proud of that, and of the exciting things our students are doing for the environment and the community. Learn more about the impact of Morris students at our Student Leadership page
At Morris, there are many opportunities for you to engage in work and education around the big idea of sustainability, whether you want to make it the focus of your studies or join extra-curricular activities:
- There are two majors specifically devoted to the environment, Environmental Science and Environmental Studies , and a range of courses on environmental issues and policies. Learn more »
- Learn how renewable energy works, lead tours of Morris renewable energy assets, or conduct your own renewable energy and policy research right on campus.
- Work with faculty on sustainability-related projects, or do your own research. There are also many internships and work study opportunities in sustainability. Many students collaborate with faculty on their research and even present papers at conferences in their disciplines.
- Use your senior capstone project to research a sustainability topic in depth. There are also grants like the Morris Academic Partners grant and others that provide financial support for your independent research and projects.
- Sustainability Semester summer courses connect energy, food, and culture to give you a big picture of how renewable energy, agriculture, and society fit together.
- Volunteer and work with our many partners in a community project, or create your own project. There are lots of ways to get involved and have an impact.
- Live in the new high performance green building, the Green Prairie Living and Learning Community. The Green Prairie Community houses 72 students in a setting that fosters effective environmental stewardship and promotes global citizenship.
- Complete a mentorship with an area prairie biologist, farmer, environmental activist, or community leader.
- Participate in local foods events, tree plantings, recycling activities, the organic gardening club, or a renewable energy conference.
- Join creative projects like theater productions with costumes, sets and props all made from recycled materials or our annual Fashion Trashion show, “where style meets sustainability.”
At Morris, teachers are accessible, and here to help you realize your vision.
Because of our unique location—at the intersection of prairie and forest—there is an abundance of natural resources and sustainable projects in which you can participate. Where else can you find three different kinds of renewable energy sites that you can learn about and work with right on campus?
Morris is highly respected for its sustainability efforts and is considered a leader among colleges. The Princeton Review’s guide to green colleges highlights our renewable energy commitment and our “deep roots in agriculture and land stewardship.” Morris was even listed as the top performing “Cool School” in Minnesota by Sierra Club.