In 2008, the WKU Office of Sustainability was created and the University’s first Sustainability Coordinator was hired. Since then, WKU has dramatically reduced its environmental footprint through the implementation and evaluation of policies and programs in all areas of facilities management and campus services. Our campus aims to be a model of sustainable practices and cost-effective measures to create a green community from which students, faculty, and staff can live and learn. Our strength lies in our mission as an educational institution. Our academic programs address the science, social, economic, and political aspects of environmental change and sustainability, providing both disciplinary depth and interdisciplinary perspective-taking that pave the way for our students to get jobs and to make positive change in their communities.
The WKU Office of Sustainability is a community of scholars who exemplify the guiding principles of sustainability by:
promoting a culture of sustainability at WKU
integrating principles of ecological integrity and social equity into academics, practices, and partnerships
ensuring that WKU is an institution that provides innovative solutions to global challenges, prepares students as engaged and responsible citizens, and observes best practices in campus operations and services fostering an environment of inclusivity and diversity
enhancing the WKU student experience through applied learning and research and the support of meaningful connections to our environment and surrounding communities.