As an educational and research institution, one of the University’s main responsibilities is to engage and educate students on diverse issues so that when they leave KU they are equipped with the knowledge and tools needed to be informed and responsible citizens. By including environmental, economic and social responsibility in that experience, students will realize the benefits of sustainable behaviors and adapt their lifestyles both on campus and beyond
Through education and engagement, the University of Kansas is committed to a culture that empowers the student body to maintain a socially, environmentally, and economically responsible lifestyle on campus and in the greater community.
Key achievements in working toward this vision, and the corresponding strategy (in parentheses), include:
- The Center for Sustainability continues to table during each New Student Orientation information fair. Resources available focus on low impact items to pack for college, biking resources, and sustainability-related course options (SL 1.1.2).
- In fall 2016 all incoming freshman will receive a magnet reminding them about recycling practice and procedure on campus (SL 1.1.3).
- Over the past two years, KU Recycling and the Center has strengthened their relationship with the Office of First-Year Experience and partnered to increasingly provide event recycling and compost during Hawk Week and other key events (SL 1.1.4, 1.4.1).
- In 2014, the Sustainability Leadership Board (SLB) was established as a council of delegates and representatives from a variety of student organizations from across campus that are invested in sustainability. Any group or individual with a sustainability interest is welcome. The SLB provides opportunities for teamwork among groups with similar goals or ideas, as well as facilitates communication between the Center and student organizations. (SL 1.2.3).
- The Center has revived work on a Green Living Guide targeted at Greek houses. The resource will be distributed in fall 2016 along with an offer for Center staff to present at house meetings or conduct recycling and energy audits at the request of the house (SL 1.3.3)
- The annual Sustainability Leadership Awards includes a recognition category for student organizations, including Greek houses (SL 1.3.4).
- The Center regularly hosts a volunteer site during Super Service Saturday (SL 1.4.2).
- The Center hosted two events as part of Hawk Week 2016: a sustainability walking tour, and a campus bike ride (SL 1.1.6, 1.4.2).