What is Sustainability?

The concept of sustainability centers on a balance of society, economy and environment for current and future health.  Responsible resource management in all three areas ensures that future generations will have the resources they need to survive and thrive.

Adopting a culture of sustainability throughout all aspects of academics, research and operations is the ultimate goal for a campus concerned with the impact it has on the community and the future.  A sustainable campus promotes socially just and vibrant communities, is economically responsible and conserves finite resources.

NC State concentrates its sustainability focus in the following areas, and there are plenty of ways for you to get involved with campus sustainability.

Academics and Research: Preparing students and innovations for a more sustainable world

Food: Promoting healthy, fresh and sustainable nutrition

Land Use: Minimizing our impact on nature

Energy: Accelerating campus efficiency and cost-savings

Water: Preserving quantity and quality of a natural resource