"As an institution of higher learning we are obligated to act as a model of conservation, efficiency, and sustainability. We will emphasize personal responsibility, and lead by example, making significant changes in the way we build,operate, and teach. WKU seeks to be known as a leader in sustainability while ensuring a safe and comfortable present and future for our students." -President Gary Ransdell, 2009
Welcome to the WKU Education for Sustainability Gateway – a central resource for information on the wide range of scholarship, programs, and opportunities available at WKU in areas related to sustainability. WKU embraces the important role it has in helping society transition to a more sustainable and just future. In 2004 WKU signed the Talloires Declaration and in 2010 the Board of Regents adopted sustainability and Education for Sustainability as core values of the University.
WKU's mission is to prepare students to be productive, engaged, and socially responsible citizen-leaders in a global society. The curriculum has an increased focus on interdisciplinary studies and research, international studies, and regional stewardship, and classes are working with campus and community partners to involve students in real-world issues, problem-solving, and action research. By incorporating concepts of citizenship, social responsibility, and sustainability in coursework, research, and operations, we are preparing students to meet the complex global challenges of our times. These strategies are helping to build the knowledge, attitudes, values and skills needed to address the high stakes sustainability challenges facing our world today.
We invite you to explore this gateway and learn about the varied and exciting programs and opportunities related to sustainability education available at WKU.
WKU farm opens greenhouse At-WKU, 4/26/12
Summer 2012 Karst Field Studies Program begins in June At-WKU, 2/24/12