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We are the heart and soul of sustainability,

where humanity and nature connect.

Our Sustainability Strategy

A sustainable world is a diverse, safe, healthy, and just world for all planetary life while living within a thriving environment that is ecologically viable over the long term. The College of the Liberal Arts Sustainability Council has three tenants of focus that help the College achieve this goal.  


We are committed to an integration of sustainability into the educational and career development experience of Liberal Arts students both inside and outside the classroom.


We are supporting, bringing attention to, and advancing sustainability-focused research within the College by bringing in scholars and creating labs with a sustainability focus.


We provide recommendations for how the College can responsibly use natural resources, care for the planet, and work with efforts led by the Sustainability Institute.

Resources that facilitate each of these efforts can be found through our News and Events and on the pages for our faculty, staff, and students

February 4, 2022
12:00PM - 1:30PM EST
Speaker: Abra Lee is an American public horticulturalist, historian and writer, who researches Black garden history and raises awareness of the subject through social media. The Sustainability Showcases are weekly discussions highlighting the interdisciplinary nature of sustainability by creating a platform for stakeholders to engage with one another. The series makes connections between faculty research,...
February 9, 2021
In Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants, Robin Wall Kimmerer, a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation and Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology, argues for the necessity of recuperating indigenous epistemologies in order to ensure a more sustainable and fulfilling human existence. Kimmerer’s project thus explicitly counters state-sponsored attempts to...
February 11, 2022
12:00PM - 1:30PM EST
Lunchbox moments are the formative occurrences in many Asian Americans’ lives where a traditional Asian meal is eaten at school or at home and the meal elicits some sort of reaction, whether it be positive or negative. “I have a lunchbox moment; my mom has a lunchbox moment; nearly all of my AAPI community members have a lunchbox moment,” said...

For more events sortable by topic area, please visit the News and Events page or News calendar view. University events can be found on the Sustainability Institute’s calendar of events.