Slippery Rock University (SRU) is committed to being at the forefront of preparing the next generation of thinkers, innovators and entrepreneurs to help the world meet its profound environmental challenges. We are also focused on meeting the sustainability goals set fourth in our Climate Action Plan that is our road map to achieving carbon neutrality by the year 2037, in keeping with the President's Climate Commitment and our Strategic Plan, Trend Five: The world is reaching a point of diminishing returns regarding resource utilization.
Our Vision: "To do all within our power to protect the environment, improve social equity, and achieve sustainable economic benefits in order to leave this planet a better place for future generations."
Our Mission: "To expedite the achievement of SRU's sustainability goals by coordinating and leveraging our considerable community resources in an integrated manner."
Sustainability initiatives are coordinated through the President's Commission on Sustainability, which is chaired by Herb Carlson, Senior Officer for Sustainability Initiatives. Our full-time Sustainability Coordinator is Paul Scanlon, who serves as a Special Assistant for Sustainability Planning and Operations to President Cheryl Norton.
SRU defines "sustainability" as "the ability to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. For an action to be sustainable, it must be environmentally benign, economically justifiable, and socially just."
The term "triple bottom line" is often used to gauge whether a product or activity is sustainable; the triple bottom line involves social equity, energy economics, and environmental protection (the three legs supporting sustainability - if its's good for people, the planet, and profitability, it's sustainable!).
The principles of sustainability are not new to the University. Did you know, for instance, that Slippery Rock University began …