What Makes A Sustainable Campus?
Energy: Zero-carbon energy use through a combination of ingenious technical innovations, renewable energy sources, and rigorous conservation and retrofitting.
Materials: Every campus purchase has both an ecological and economic impact — from using green cleaning materials to installing recycled carpets.
Food: Incorporating food production into campus plans, inexpensive and innovative ways to initiate food landscaping opportunities, and using local, organic foods.
Curriculum: Courses that provide a substantive, experiential framework for lifelong learning about sustainable concepts and sustainability-related courses and majors.
Interpretation: The campus’s sustainability efforts are pointed out to visitors in tours, exhibits, buildings, and sustainable landscape with appropriate signage.
Aesthetics: Collaborative art that allows the campus to experience reciprocity between the built environment and the natural world.
Governance: Sustainable practices must be built into the mission, master plan, and strategic plan for a campus, conceived as crucial to its educational philosophy.
Investment: Colleges, communities, and businesses work together to determine how best to equip the new sustainability professions.
Wellness: Curricular and workplace efforts that generate awareness about diet, nutrition, exercise, spending time outdoors, stress-reduction, and meditative activities.