A major part of our new on-campus sustainability initiatives focuses on green residence halls, dining facilities and classrooms -- the places where our students spend most of their time on campus.
Nurturing this clean and cutting-edge environment requires major creativity and a tremendous commitment to the future. And, from our perspective, the most important thing we can do, when it comes to sustainability, is to focus on creating and sustaining delivering a healthy living and work environment for students, faculty and staff.
That means -- among other things -- making sure the food system respects the planet; providing the right amount of natural daylight in our buildings; saving as much energy as possible in our operations; and deploying innovative technology, products and processes in order to enhance and enrich a sustainable on-campus life for thousands of people.
There are a number of prerequisites that have to be in place before this green vision can become a reality, however.
First, there needs to be commitment, sponsorship and engagement from the President's office and his senior staff; the campus community must also support sustainability and help drive sustainable initiatives.