Per the university’s mission as a land-grant university to serve people living and working in Georgia and our vision to be a leading university, it is incumbent on the university to provide leadership concerning environmental challenges.
First, the university campus should be an example to others in reducing its environmental footprint to the greatest extent possible. This includes efforts to significantly reduce energy and water use, improve air and water quality, provide sustainable food and transportation options, purchase environmentally responsible products and equipment, minimize waste and increase recycling.
Secondly, research generated can be used to reduce dependency on fossil fuels, to increase the reuse of materials, and to continue the search for other methods that will reduce human impacts on the environment.
In the effort to prepare students for effective leadership on campus and beyond, sustainability should be infused into formal and informal educational opportunities throughout the university.
In addition to stewardship of natural resources, the university should strive for managing financial resources efficiently as possible.
A sustainable university is one that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. It also creates opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to enhance the quality of life throughout their communities, both physically and scholarly. A sustainable university acts as a living laboratory where sustainability is researched, taught, tested, and constantly refined.
Excerpt from UGA 2020 Strategic Plan, Strategic Direction VII