Welcome to Graceland University's Sustainability Program

Graceland University is listed in The Princeton Review – Guide to 353 Green Colleges 2015

EARTH DAY 2015 FESTIVITIES: The Beauty of Compost 

Wednesday April 22

Lamoni Community Events (focus on composting)

1-2:30 p.m. — Big Creek Farms Tour and Compost Discussion
Big Creek Farms

2:30-3 p.m. — Hoop House Tour with Jen Abraham-White
Hoop House

3-5 p.m. — Composting Class with Dr. Johnson, State Agronomy Specialist, Lincoln University
South Americas Room

5-6 p.m. — Potluck Dinner
Lamoni Community Center

6-8 p.m. — Compost Techniques and Compost Uses with Dr. Johnson
Lamoni Community Center


Outdoor Campus Events (weather permitting)

noon-1 p.m. — Tie-Dying
Central Quad (between the Higdon Administration Building and Shaw Center)

1-1:30 p.m. — Outdoor Yoga Session
Central Quad

2-4 p.m. — Frisbee, Slack-Lining and Other Activities
Central Quad

1-5 p.m. — Community Vendors and Clothing Swap
Shaw Amphitheater



Big Creek Farms — The farm is at 30608 S. Smith St on R30.

From I-35, take Exit 4 heading west toward Lamoni. Turn left (south) on S. Smith Street before the Sale Barn. Drive 1.8 miles and the farm will be on left (east) side of the road.

Graceland University High Tunnel — The high tunnel is at the northeast corner of Graceland’s campus near the Lamoni Community Bike Trail. The in-depth composting workshop in the South Americas Room is within walking distance of the high tunnel.

Lamoni Community Center — 108 S. Chestnut Street, Lamoni
Located on the southwest corner of S. Chestnut and Main streets, next to the library.


Contact Jennifer Abraham-White with any questions regarding the schedule, abraham@graceland.edu or 641-784-5079



How do we define sustainability? Graceland University recognizes that our world needs to do better than simply sustain our current environmental, social and economic systems in order to make our planet a suitable place for future generations to enjoy. With this in mind, the most widely used definition for sustainability (or sustainable development) comes from the 1987 report of UN Brundtland Commission: The “ability to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” The Graceland University Sustainability Program aims to go beyond the standard definition of sustainability, and as an institution of higher education, practice and teach systems that are regenerative in nature.

Morning glory in the garden.OUR MISSION

To employ and teach environmentally enhancing, restorative relationships between humanity and the ecosystems from which we draw resources for our livelihoods  especially within the context of local communities.