Campus Sustainability

 

Campus Sustainability Vision and Goals

Vision Statement

Baldwin Wallace University seeks to embody practices and principles that demonstrate our commitment to the environment.  As a learning community we seek to teach and practice care for the Earth which aims to understand what it means to be a caring, compassionate citizen of the global community of life.   As an organization we seek to use natural resources in ways that minimize harmful environmental impacts, and to create a culture on campus that embraces sustainability and the achievement of the following goals: 

 
General Goals:

  • Energy:  We seek cost-effective ways to minimize our uses of fossil fuel energy sources and increase our uses of environmentally benign renewable sources of energy.  In the short-term, this involves comprehensive efforts to enhance energy conservation in existing buildings and campus activities.  In the longer term, this includes the renovation of existing buildings and construction of new buildings that move towards sustainable energy practices.  These efforts are always conditioned by appropriate cost constraints and available technology.
     
  • Waste: We seek to analyze all campus activities that generate waste, including the waste of water, in order to find ways to minimize our campus contributions to the “waste stream”.  We embrace the notion of the “3Rs—reduce, reuse, and recycle”.  We acknowledge the need to optimize our recycling practices to improve our behaviors regarding waste reduction.
     
  • Purchasing: We seek to integrate environmental criteria in all purchasing decisions made by our campus by including considerations of harmful environmental impacts as well as traditional purchasing criteria such as quality and financial cost.
     
  • Building materials and design: We seek to create and live in buildings that are designed to enhance health and human well being as well as minimize harmful environmental impacts of all kinds, both local and global.  This goal involves efforts to “retrofit” existing buildings and to create new buildings that minimize harm to the earth.  Such efforts are always conditioned by cost constraints and the availability of “green” technology
     
  • Environmental management systems: We seek intentional and sustained management oversight that adopts, implements, and continually evaluates its environmental performance.  Essential ingredients include leadership at the top and widespread consent and participation by all members of our community including administration, faculty, and students. 
     
  • Education and Collaboration:  We seek to influence the understanding and practices of people in our campus community regarding the environmental impact of their everyday decisions and to collaborate with other institutions to share resources and environmentally-responsible practices.  Education can take place through a variety of means including classes, workshops, student organizations, literature, and by example. 
     

The Campus Sustainability Committee will serve to coordinate, support, and promote work toward the achievement of the above goals by the BW College community.

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