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Environmental Sustainability at NDSU

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Environmental sustainability is important at North Dakota State University to preserve precious natural resources and save money. NDSU’s Staff Senate 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
· Composting

Departments and individuals are encouraged to submit their sustainability practices, tips, and resources by filling out the Sustainability Submission Form.

Imagine the impact on our community if everyone sought to improve their own sustainability efforts by only 10%! 

Upcoming Events:

Sustainability events on campus are listed below. If your department has an event to list, email them to



Go green for the holidays: An idea sharing event

December 11  |  11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  |  MU Mandan Room

The NDSU Staff Senate Environmental Sustainability Committee is hosting a brown bag session for people interested in sustainability to come together to chat and share ideas or tips about how to approach the holiday season in a more sustainable way.

Upcoming Meetings:

All faculty, staff, and students interested in Environmental Sustainability at NDSU are invited to attend these meetings as your schedule allows.

January 23, 2020 - 9 to 10:30 a.m.  //  Dinwoodie-Bjornson Room  //  Memorial Union
February 13, 2020 - 9 to 10:30 a.m.  //  Dinwoodie-Bjornson Room  //  Memorial Union
March 12, 2020 - 9 to 10:30 a.m.  //  Dinwoodie-Bjornson Room  //  Memorial Union 
April 9, 2020 - 9 to 10:30 a.m.  //  Dinwoodie-Bjornson Room  //  Memorial Union


Environmental Sustainability Committee Members: 

When you contact the Environmental Sustainability Committee, one of the following committee members will respond as quickly as possible. 

Kate Nelson-DeShaw - Chair
Amanda Reil, Staff Senate Representative
Carin Engler
CeCe Rohwedder
Connie Jadrny, Staff Senate Representative
Danielle Pinnick, Staff Senate Representative
Elizabeth Cronin, Staff Senate Representative
Kay Hopkins
Krista Williams, Staff Senate Representative
Pauline Dunn, Staff Senate Representative

Email the Environmental Sustainability Committee.

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