» Environmental Sustainability

Environmental Sustainability Community Involvement Programs

Chapman University is committed to a culture that promotes a sustainable future. Through green-focused educational programs, research, and community engagement, Chapman encourages its students, faculty and staff to help preserve the planet.

Toggle Section

OC Watershed Education Ambassadors

In partnership with the Public Works department of the county government, the OC Watershed Education Ambassador program engages Chapman undergraduates in environmental education within our surrounding communities. Students develop presentations for 5th graders on preventing water pollution, and they are then facilitated in local after-school programs and elementary schools.

Roots Native Habitat Restoration

Roots Native Habitat Restoration works to restore the habitat and wildlife in the Upper Newport Bay area, one of the few remaining wetlands in California. Chapman students have the opportunity to work alongside community members and get hands-on experience in improving ecosystem dynamics. Volunteers assist with invasive plant removal, watering native plants, seed collection, propagation, and planting.

OHG Education Farm and Farmer's Market

With a unique collaboration between the University and the non-profit community group Orange Home Grown (OHG), the OHG Education Farm opened in May 2016, at 356 N. Lemon St. and teaches the value and know-how of producing locally grown food. Chapman supports the farm and weekly Farmer’s & Artisans Market by providing the spaces to OHG, including restroom facilities, completely free of charge.

Community Clean-Up Crew

Chapman students canvas the streets surrounding the University campus Thursday – Sunday to pick up and dispose of litter left behind by visitors over the weekend. Approximately 23,000 pieces of trash are picked up each year by Chapman students in Old Towne.