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WKU Office of Sustainability


Open Monday-Friday 10:00-2:00 or by appointment
Contact Dr. Leslie North
leslie.north@wku.edu, 270-745-5982
Located at 503 Regents Avenue
Bowling Green, KY 42101


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Our Mission

While diverse and multi-faceted, the initiatives, policies, and programs of WKU are united by conviction and a deep sense of purpose. We understand the importance of reducing college costs, increasing completion rates, fostering civic and community skills, and ensuring that our graduates find degree-related employment. At WKU, we are unified in our diverse efforts to create a practical and educational approach toward the pillars of sustainability. As an office, we feel a moral obligation to our students, our local and global communities, and the planet to do our part in mitigating environmental problems through sustainability initiatives and by training our students to prepare for crucial emerging issues.


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Our two gardens are under reconstruction as of Spring 2021. If you are interested in earning meaningful service hours while learning sustainable agriculture practices, sign up to receive email updates from our office. 

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 Sustainability staff members offer campus green tours to students, faculty/staff, and community members. The green tour begins at the Office of Sustainability and moves throughout campus, from Gary Ransdell Hall to the University Heating Plant. Some topics discussed include energy, waste, green building, and sustainable landscaping. Tours can be tailored to your group's sustainability interests if specified on the green tour request. Allow 45 minutes to an hour per tour. 

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The WKU Food Pantry is available to students, faculty, staff, and community members. The pantry is also a great way to collect service hours by hosting a food drive or simply donating.






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 Last Modified 4/13/21