Whether we limit our definition of sustainability to the environmental realm, or expand it to include sustained financial viability in an era of uncertain public funding, or the sustainability of our buildings, or personal and community well-being as we grapple with the stresses of university life, our conclusion must always be the same: sustainability is non-negotiable.
Our future literally depends on our ability to design, implement and promote sustainable practices for our planet, for ourselves and for our bottom line. We will rise to meet that challenge in every domain of our activity and will spur ourselves to ensure that we work to bring change, not only on our campus, but also beyond it.
Sustainability is respecting and living in connection to the natural environment. It also means nurturing our relationship with community to enable us to thrive and learn together.