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Builders of a Culture of Sustainability

Sustainable actions are commonly defined as those that meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Most definitions of sustainability emphasize the intersection of environmental protection, economic development and social equity. Thus, a focus on sustainability reinforces other Focus Areas such as Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Rural Roots. Building a Culture of Sustainability will require a comprehensive strategy that infuses sustainability considerations into all university-wide decision-making, curricula and outreach efforts. This coordinated approach builds on existing goals outlined in NMU's 2030 Sustainability Plan and Campus Energy Master Plan, which have been developed in consultation with the Sustainability Advisory Council, the Carbon Neutrality Task Force and the efforts of many students, staff and faculty across campus. Coordinating these efforts will bring NMU's performance in this area to the next level, and will promote NMU's reputation as a regional leader in sustainability.

Action Plan: Builders of a Culture of Sustainability

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  1. Centralize sustainability efforts to improve planning, coordination and communication.
  2. Implement sustainability initiatives to contribute to a diverse and sustainable world (NMU mission statement).
  3. Support sustainability education inside and out of the classroom to develop leaders capable of local and global impact (NMU vision statement).