Environmental Sustainability at NDSU
Environmental sustainability is important at North Dakota State University to preserve precious natural resources and to save money. NDSU’s Staff Senate has recently formed a Sustainability Committee to raise awareness of current environmental sustainability efforts at NDSU.
What is sustainability? According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), “sustainability is based on a simple principle: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. To pursue sustainability is to create and maintain the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony to support present and future generations.” Recycling is arguably the most well-known sustainability practice; however, true sustainability initiatives involve so much more. Here are a few examples of other initiatives:
· Reducing food waste
· Managing electronics and electrical use
· Reducing water use
· Building and renovating with products that are renewable and better for the environment
· Using environmentally friendly cleaning and lawn care products
Departments and individuals are encouraged to submit their sustainability practices, tips, and resources by filling out the Sustainability Submission Form.
The Environmental Sustainability Committee members