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
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%!
Sustainability events on campus will be limited this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are interested in attending an NDSU Environmental Sustainability meeting, view the meeting schedule here. If your department has an event to list, email them to NDSU.Sustain-Enviro@ndsu.edu.
All faculty, staff, and students interested in Environmental Sustainability at NDSU are invited to attend these meetings as your schedule allows.
Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 9 to 10:30 a.m. // ONLINE VIA ZOOM (Email us for Zoom link information)
Environmental Sustainability Committee Members:
When you contact the Environmental Sustainability Committee, one of the following committee members will respond as quickly as possible.
Carin Engler - Co-Chair
Krista Williams, Co-Chair
Connie Jadrny, Staff Senate Representative
Sabrina Lippincott, Staff Senate Representative
Elizabeth Cronin, Committee Member
Kate Nelson-DeShaw, Committee Member