Committment to Sustainability
WKU continues to make great strides in increasing and supporting sustainable efforts throughout the campus community and the WKU Sustainability Strategic Plan demonstrates our university's committment to environmental and social progress.
Opportunities in Sustainability
WKU offers a diverse range of opportunities to get involved in sustainability. For students interested in recycling and composting, WKU has a strong Resource Conservation department that offers student employment and internships, as well as volunteer opportunities. The WKU Office of Sustainability offers a Student Ambassador Program that allows students to gain experience and service hours by serving as sustainability educators to promote environmentally-responsible behavior at WKU. The program provides students with a $500 scholarship. A function of the Office is to advise and help secure funding for environmental projects. The Office of Sustainability engages students from all majors and backgrounds, and aims to work with students to create projects that utilize the skills of the individual, while also applying principles of sustainability.
WKU takes pride in having earned a number of national and international recognitions for sustainability. WKU is a AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education) Silver Rated University, demonstrating our commitment to the implementation and maintenance of sustainable practices throughout every facet of campus life, from academics, to operations and landscaping. As a Fair Trade University, WKU has committed to sourcing certified Fair Trade products throughout campus, including coffee shops and the WKU Store. WKU recently became the first university in Kentucky to earn a Green Restaurant Certification, meaning this campus dining location has implemented sustainable practices to reduce food waste, reduce water usage, and source from local farmers.
Sustainability & Social Equity
The WKU Office of Sustainability offers a Food Pantry accessible to all members of the campus community, including students, faculty, and staff during every term of the year. No proof of need is necessary. The WKU Garden Commons, two free community gardens located at the Office of Sustainability, are available for students to explore sustainable agriculture, while also providing fresh local produce for the food pantry.