CENTER FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
The Center for a Sustainable Future works with the campus and community to find innovative and engaging ways to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. We focus on the discovery and dissemination of practices and strategies that are ecologically friendly, economically sound, and socially responsible. Our goal is to help Michiana become one of most vibrant and leading regions in the newly emerging green economy.
Since it's establishment in 2008, the Center has developed new sustainability curriculum, facilitated research in sustainability, and fostered civic engagement to help develop sustainability action plans.
The Center strives to engage the campus and greater Michiana communities in creating a future focused on the "triple bottom line:" choices that are good for people and the planet, as well as profits, and that take into account ecological and social performance, are promoted and encouraged by the Center.
Unloading e-waste on campus for safe
ANNOUNCING our new Bachelor of Art in Sustainability - an interdisciplinary, community engaged, action oriented major. Students can take a wide variety of courses to suit their interests, all within the framework of Sustainability. Our minor in Sustainability Studies features a foundations course as well as two dozen course offerings from a variety of disciplines. A graduate certificate in Strategic Sustainabiilty Leadership begins in January, 2014. Plans are in process to develop a Major in Sustainability Studies.
The Center publishes a series of White Papers which are promoted through both the campus and the community. Center staff publish articles on sustainabilty curriculum and community engagement and regularly present workshops at both local and national events. Additionally, the Center facilitates research in sustainability along with civic engagement with the issue through its Fellows program. Five classes of Fellows have been recruited and actively engaged in developing and implementing sustainability projects in the community.
The most popular public event is the annual Electronic Waste Collection held each spring. It regularly draws over 1,500 people each year and has collected over 1.3 million pounds of e-waste in the first seven years of the event.
In addition, public speaking requests, presentations, and day-long workshops on sustainability have taken Center staff to classrooms and community business and organizations.