More Than a Word
Sustainability is a community’s ability to meet its needs without hurting future generations' ability to do the same thing. For Seattle Pacific University, that means making decisions with these “three E’s” in mind: environment, economy, and equity.
Sustainability puts a name to many of the values and practices already in place at Seattle Pacific University, as evidenced by our Signature Commitments:
- SPU will be a place that knows and understands what’s going on in the world.
- We commit to being informed about environmental issues, human rights struggles, and other challenges in a global, postmodern world.
- We endorse the biblically backed Christian beliefs that all humans have worth and dignity, and that our Earth is a gift that must be cared for and cherished.
- We commit to equip students to be able to enact change.
- We commit to practicing social sustainability.
Though responsible stewardship of the University’s physical resources has long been the mission of the Facilities Department, recent years have seen an increased push toward environmental stewardship.
- A multi-faceted sustainability assessment was conducted in late 2007; it resulted in utility consumption profiles for the past five years, a draft carbon footprint, and an inventory of sustainable practices on campus.
- On March 26, 2008, Philip W. Eaton, SPU's ninth president, signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), pledging SPU to pursue eventual carbon neutrality.
- The University’s first sustainability coordinator was hired in June 2008, and a campuswide Sustainability Committee formed in September 2008.
Be sure to check back for updates on SPU’s path to sustainability!