What is Sustainability?

If you hear the word “sustainability” what comes to mind?  If you’re like most people, you think of the environment.  However, sustainability is much more than a concern for the environment.  It is about people and the health of our communities.

The Office of Sustainability defines sustainability as operating our campus in a way that meets our needs today without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs (adjusted from the Brundtland Commission 1987).  It has three components:

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  • Cleaner, healthier environment
  • Conserve natural resources

Social responsibility

  • Fair and equitable treatment
  • Healthy communities

Economic prosperity

  • Cost savings
  • Economic growth

Why is Sustainability Important to Our University?

Our university’s mission is to “create solutions for a healthier community”. HSC Sustainability within Facilities Management supports that mission by advancing sustainable practices on campus through educational outreach, events, and our own campus operations.  We partner with various departments and persons on campus and within the Fort Worth and regional community.  Sustainability is important to us for several reasons including:

  • Improving Environmental and Human Health – Healthy communities require clean air and water and natural resources.  Sustainability strives to preserve and protect environmental health therefore protecting human health.
  • Growth – As our campus grows, we require more resources such as energy, water, and space. It’s important that we use our resources wisely to minimize our environmental footprint.
  • Sustainability Makes Cents – By operating more efficiently, our campus saves money.  For example, since 2000, we have saved over 6 million dollars through energy efficiency projects.
  • Our Students Care – In 2010, our students voted in a fee to see more environmental improvements on campus.  The Sustainable Campus Fee provides funds for initiatives on campus and has funded the HSC Community Garden, quick-fill bottle stations, EV Charging Stations, the Fort Worth Bike Share station on campus, and more.

 

This page was last modified on May 21, 2020