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Sustainability Issues

The Cormier Honors College Commitment to Sustainability

White House Tree

WOODMAN, spare that tree!
Touch not a single bough!
In youth it sheltered me,
And I'll protect it now.
'Twas my forefather's hand
That placed it near his cot;
There, woodman, let it stand,
Thy axe shall harm it not.*

*George Pope Morris,Poems, 1860.


  • promoting home and community gardens in reducing the costs of fossil fuels used to plow, seed, and harvest crops, as well as to package, preserve, and transport food to supermarkets and to homes, by using hand tools to work the garden;
  • promoting water conservation through the use of "gray water" (wastewater produced in the average household), rain barrels, and efficient irrigation systems;
  • promoting soil as a renewable resource through the operation of a garden composter, crop rotation, and cover crops;
  • promoting health and nutrition through organic farming;
  • promoting the potential of underutilized space as population increases and competition for resources escalates globally;
  • promoting cultural preservation through relationships to wartime Victory Gardens and the current White House Garden.