Our mission is to grow a sustainable, equitable, and inclusive future for all by implementing transformational sustainability practices into the university’s facilities, planning processes, operations, natural environment, and culture.

What is sustainability?

There are different concepts, models, and definitions of sustainability. Below are a few of the most cited definitions of sustainability.

  • The Environmental Protection Agency

    • "In 1969, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) made sustainable development an ongoing policy priority of the federal government, with the goal to 'create and maintain conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations.'"- EPA
  • The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education

A popular representation of sustainability indicates the relationship between the "three pillars of sustainability" that shows the interdependence of three dimensions: economy existing within society and society existing within the environment.

A popular representation of sustainability indicates the relationship between the "three pillars of sustainability", in which both economy and society are constrained by environmental limits from Scott Cato, M. (2009) Green Economics.

UN Sustainable Development Goals