Berea College


Outstanding Service to EE


Berea College was the first college in the South to admit African Americans and women. From its very beginning, it has had a strong connection with the land and the forest. The city of Berea was named on behalf of Berea College.

The Berea College Forestry program has sustainably managed about 9,000 acres of forestland for more than 100 years. They even use draft horses to haul out the harvested trees. The Berea College Forestry Outreach Center is a flexible space where visitors and the community can come together to learn about the forest and the natural world that sustains us. Berea College also developed a reservoir to serve as the water source for the residents of Berea.

Berea College also operates a farm and the Berea College Farm Store, with much of the produce used in its cafeterias. Grow Appalachia was created in 2009 through funding from Patron Tequila and John Paul Dejoria, co-founder and owner of John Paul Mitchell Systems, to address the problem of food security in Appalachia. John Paul began collaborating with Berea College to develop a program that would meet needs and leverage existing community strengths. John Paul’s ongoing generosity has allowed the Grow Appalachia program to impact the lives of many thousands of Appalachian families.

Berea College created the Eco Village, along with David Orr as a consultant, and several Berea College buildings are recognized with "Green Building" status. Many of the buildings demonstrate sustainable living and environmental stewardship. 

Carter G. Woodson, the founder of African American History Day and Month was a Berea College graduate, and he is honored with the Carter G. Woodson Center. Bell Hooks, an acclaimed writer and thinker, is currently a Scholar in Residence at Berea College.

And, of course, Berea College has a strong environmental education curriculum! 

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