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Building Sustainable Traditions

University of Kansas Campus Sustainability Plan

"In these times of challenge and uncertainty, The University of Kansas has an opportunity to meet the demands of a new age by embracing sustainability. As we pursue a more sustainable future, we will create a community that is engaged, adaptive and efficient."

The University of Kansas faces challenging and extraordinary times, requiring us to adapt to a changing world.  As KU prepares to move in new strategic directions and transform the way we operate in a new era, we have an opportunity to embrace sustainability and function more efficiently and effectively.  To remain at the forefront of higher education, we must incorporate sustainable practices into our core functions to help the university make smart economic decisions, reduce its social and environmental impacts, and recruit and retain interested, involved and diverse students, faculty and staff.  

Building Sustainable Traditions, a sustainability plan for the Lawrence Campus, was created to help us address these new challenges. The plan sets overarching goals for addressing issues of environmental, economic, and social responsibility, establishes benchmarks in key areas, and outlines specific strategies that will move us toward a more sustainable tomorrow. With participation from students, faculty, staff and an external review team, the Center for Sustainability coordinated the development of this plan.

This sustainability plan provides a framework to build new traditions based on the tenets of sustainability.  As a community made of up individuals involved in diverse disciplines carrying out a wide range of activities, our campus provides a perfect environment to study our changing world, develop and test systems that promote responsible use of resources, and build stronger connections to each other and the natural world.  We can accomplish this in a way that will help advance society toward a future with less pollution and waste, improved public health, equitable treatment of all people, and increased collaboration. As we pursue sustainability, we will create a community that is engaged, adaptive and efficient.

KU Today

One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
26 prestigious Rhodes Scholars — more than all other Kansas colleges combined
Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times