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Our mission

The Office of Sustainability will oversee sustainability education and efforts on campus.

What is sustainability?

Sustainability is most often defined as development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs (Brundtland Commission of the United Nations, March 20, 1987).

At Lamar University, that means making wise use of energy and other natural resources to minimize our environmental impact while still accomplishing the educational goals of our institution.

The Office of Sustainability at Lamar University was just established last year, so we’re only beginning our work. Please check back with us to share in our progress. 

Proposed activities of the Office of Sustainability include:

  • Using the web and social media to increase awareness of sustainability on the Lamar University campus
  • Coordinating and expanding upon disparate existing recycling efforts on campus
  • Supporting the newly established Lamar University Community Garden
  • Participating in community outreach to increase awareness of sustainability issues in Southeast Texas
  • Establishing a new, interdisciplinary minor in Sustainability Studies
  • Establishing awards to recognize faculty, staff, and students for outstanding achievements in sustainability activities
  • Assisting faculty, staff, and students in seeking grants to support sustainability research and implementation

Other sustainability initiatives at Lamar University include:

  • Establishing a recharging station for electric cars on campus
  • Following Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) principles in future construction and renovation projects wherever feasible.