Sustainability at the College: Past, Present, Future

As you may know, sustainability has been a campus priority for the past couple of years. This commitment has included a mix of various sustainability-focused classes and programs, faculty and staff work on sustainability initiatives on campus, and the groundbreaking work of the Office of Sustainability, which formed in 2012.

Now, with the Quality Enhancement Plan focused on sustainability literacy, the College is dedicating itself to take its efforts up another notch with a focus on social, economic and environmental systems – the “triple bottom line” that forms the basis of sustainability.

Moving forward, we will define sustainability and sustainability literate in these two ways.

Sustainability is the integration of social, economic and environmental systems in ways that allow for individual, institutional, community, regional and planetary resilience.

To be sustainability literate, one has the knowledge and skills to advocate for resilient social, economic and environmental systems.

Our commitment to sustainability and sustainability literacy is all about leaving the world a better place than when we encountered it and empowering our students to be knowledgeable about and able to handle the problems related to sustainability that they will face in the future, such as rising sea levels, water and air quality and more.

I, for one, am excited that the College will be teaching, researching and solving the problems that will define this next century.

I encourage everyone to check out sustain.cofc.edu to learn more about our efforts in promoting sustainability literacy throughout our curriculum.