What Do We Mean by Sustainability?
Sustainable Campus defines sustainability in an inclusive way, encompassing human and ecological health, social justice, and secure livelihoods for all generations. Sustainability is about working collaboratively to create a world where everyone can thrive. We are facing increasingly complex challenges like climate change, racial injustice, and economic inequality. Successful sustainability strategies work toward balanced and ethical solutions that are not only environmentally sound, but also economically viable and socially just.
Why We Care
Institutions of higher education are responsible for preparing graduates who can lead the charge and solve the complex problems of our time. Today’s graduates face unprecedented challenges, and FSU is committed to incorporating sustainable practices into all University activities. Through our operations, academic culture, and student life, FSU strives to improve efficiency and stewardship of our resources and to develop change makers and innovators who can create a better, more just future for all.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Sustainability
It is important to us that we continuously strive toward intersectional environmentalism - that is, an inclusive version of environmentalism that advocates for both the protection of people and the planet. Intersectional environmentalism challenges us to identify ways in which injustices happening to marginalized communities and the earth are interconnected. In doing so, we work toward building a culture of environmental justice at FSU and beyond.
Truth and acknowledgment are critical first steps to building bridges of mutual respect and connection across heritage and difference. The land on which Florida State University resides is on the ancestral lands of the APPALACHEE, the CREEK, the MICCOSUKEE, the MUSKOGEAN and the SEMINOLE people. We are called to action to fully understand the history and culture of all indigenous peoples, and we encourage everyone to engage in learning more about these tribes, reflecting on the ways in which we occupy land not ours, seeking out indigenous literature to enhance our understanding and increase our knowledge. For more information, visit the Seminole Tribe Working Group.