Sustainable development is “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” –World Commission on Environment and Development, 1987
While as a knowledge community we are relatively young, the Sustainability KC strives to advance sustainability practices through the education and activation of its members. Through collaborating with university operations, student leaders, faculty and staff, as well as community partners and non-traditional campus stakeholders, we believe that as a profession, student affairs has the ability to develop frameworks and organizational approaches to embedding sustainability in normal operating procedures in higher education.
To do this, the Sustainability KC provides a forum for the exchange of knowledge and dissemination of best practice resources regarding important aspects of sustainability education and issues related to student affairs while also building relationships with like-minded organizations such as AASHE, ACPA, AACC, NACUBO, ACCRAO, ACU-I, NIRSA, ACUHO-I, NACAS, NACA, NODA and HEASC.
Most recently, the Sustainability KC hosted a community meeting as part of NASPA’s virtual offering of the annual conference. In that meeting, we discussed Green building/LEED initiatives and social and environmental justice education while also closing the loop and discussing the importance of building sustainability culture and how you, as professionals, can take what we discussed back to your home campus.
To us, sustainability is an integral part of being a professional in student affairs, but without stakeholders like you, who believe in sustainable development practices, we will have a hard time moving the needle on this important issue. If you want to be involved with our KC, or just want to learn more about sustainability on your campus, reach out to us, follow us on social media, and help us bring sustainability to the front of the conversation.