The mission of the ETSU Department of Sustainability is to enhance the environmental, social, and economic health of the university community by developing sustainable practices, educating students, faculty, and staff, and reporting on key measures of success.
In 1987, the Brundtland Commission reported that sustainable development "meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."
Basically, that means that sustainability is about developing habits now that don't jeaporize what we can do in the future.
The ETSU Department of Sustainability works to develop policies and programs that make sustainability a part of the ethos of the ETSU community, whether at a community-wide level, an institutional level, or a personal level. We do that by facilitating the Campus Sustainability Fee and its correspondng committee, which are responsible for the solar power array at the Basler Center for Physical Activity, hydration stations in every building on campus, and the Buc Bikes program. ETSU Sustainability oversees campus recycling programs, too, reducing the level of campus waste that ends up in landfills. As of summer 2017, we divert around 42% of the waste that is generated on campus. Our goal is 95% or higher by 2030!