ECOLOGICAL COMMITMENT STATEMENT
continued abuse of the earth may result in drastic repercussions
if current systems of development, waste treatment, consumerism,
and education are not refined. Penn State Behrend
recognizes this potential impact, and has formed
a task force to address sustainability issues on campus.
Penn State Erie, The Behrend
College, will have a campus community that is educated about
and committed to establishing and maintaining a responsible relationship
with the fixed and finite natural resources on which we depend.
To develop and implement strategies and related programs for campus
practices and policies that further ecological sustainability within
the college community.
Members of the college community recognize that we live in an environment
where natural resources are plentiful, yet finite. Recognizing that
higher education is not values neutral, we believe that institutions
have a responsibility to identify and promote responsibility and
citizenship among all constituents and constituent groups. Penn
State’s land-grant history and its mission to create and disseminate
knowledge by being a world-class leader in research, education,
and service underscore this belief.
we believe that we have a responsibility to foster and build a respect
for the environment, including: (1) appreciating the place of humans
and institutions within their surroundings; (2) committing to live
within our environmental limits and consider the full cost of our
endeavors; (3) assuming a leadership role in communicating and teaching
Greener Behrend Task Force is addressing seven main issues:
energy use and promote cleaner fuels
water in a conservative and respectable manner
solid and liquid waste
the healthfulness of food and reduce its waste
“green” practices into the construction and renovation
ecological stewardship within the college community