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WKU Office of Sustainability - Mission Statement

Guthrie Tower on Earth Day


It is the mission of the Office of Sustainability to promote a culture of sustainability at WKU, integrating principles of ecological integrity and social equity into academics, practices, and partnerships. Our goal is to ensure that WKU is an institution that provides innovative solutions to global challenges, prepares students as engaged and responsible citizens, and observes best practices in campus operations and services.


The functions of the Office of Sustainability include:

  • Manage internal and external communications about sustainability efforts and foster information sharing among campus and regional community members.
  • Engage university wide stakeholders to develop policy and to identify and implement best practices to institutionalize sustainability principles and goals.
  • Track and report progress with measurable indicators and communicate progress through production of an annual WKU Sustainability Report.
  • To encourage cross-campus collaboration and partnerships, bridging academics and operations using the campus as a living laboratory where ideas can be practically implemented.
  • Develop education and awareness outreach materials, programs and projects.
  • Provide a clearinghouse of information and resources relating to sustainability.
  • Advise leadership on issues relating to sustainability in conjunction with the WKU Sustainability Committee.
  • To promote and celebrate WKU sustainability initiatives.


Office of Sustainability Annual Reports:

2012 year in review

2013 year in review

2014 year in review

2015 year in review

2016 year in review

2017 year in review

Fair Trade Resolution

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