Why Sustainability?

You may have heard, “there is no planet B.” Sustainability is a global and very local issue in which every person whether actively or passively, plays a part. The steering committee selected sustainability for its timeliness and because it impacts everyone. The topic is multifaceted and complex and the more that is understood about sustainability, the better equipped society is to make decisions as individuals and as a community. 

What is Sustainability?

Sustainable PhoeniticAs defined by Merriam-Webster, sustainability is “1: capable of being sustained,” and 2a: “of, or relating to, or being a method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged,” and 2b: “of or relating to a lifestyle involving the use of sustainable methods” 

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “Sustainability is based on a simple principle: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. To pursue sustainability is to create and maintain the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony to support present and future generations.” 

In the context of this big, broad statement, consider how food is grown and produced, how homes and businesses are designed and built, how energy is produced and consumed, the impacts of land/sea/air transportation, how air and water are managed, and what impacts manufacturing and industry have on the environment. Sustainability touches every aspect of our lives. Get engaged in the 365 Days of Learning & Service opportunities to learn more, and access the resources offered below to begin the journey of a greater understanding of sustainability. 


Explore the information and resources available on the KSU pages below: 


  • Office of Sustainability

    Office of Sustainability

    The Office of Sustainability works to improve sustainability outcomes on KSU campuses through education and training, student and faculty engagement, and operational improvements.

  • KSU Food Forest

    Food Forest

    The KSU Food Forest serves as a model of sustainable urban cultivation, and demonstrates the potential of food forest systems to mitigate climate change and promote food security and health.

  • Owl Swap


    OwlSwap addresses issues of environmental and social equity in the fashion industry through action, education, and experiential opportunities in their local, regional, and international community to bring about a swap to more sustainable lifestyle habits.