Environmental Sustainability at K
Sustainability at Kalamazoo College
At Kalamazoo College our motto is "be light." In order to be responsible global citizens who are truly "at home in the world," we must work hard to keep our home clean and safe for future generations. Environmental responsibility is therefore at the core of our mission as human beings and as an institution.
The mission of Kalamazoo College is to prepare its graduates to better understand, live successfully within, and provide enlightened leadership to a richly diverse and increasingly complex world.
In order to achieve this missions in an environmentally conscious manner, K-College has integrated a founding principle into our Honor System: Accepting Environmental Responsibility
"To maintain and improve the condition of our physical environment, we commit ourselves to the respectful and prudent stewardship of our community's material and natural resources."
As a prestigious liberal arts educational institution, K-College advocates for public policies that promote campus sustainability and encourages its members to participate in inter-campus collaboration towards a sustainable education model.
Members of the Kalamazoo College community take seriously our responsibility to lighten our environmental footprint. We officially expressed this responsibility with a commitment to sustainability.
In June 2007, President Wilson-Oyelaran signed the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment, making Kalamazoo College the second Michigan college to sign the pledge to sharply reduce and eventually eliminate the College's emissions that contribute to climate change.
K-College is committed to being a participant in the global sustainability movement by developing, instituting, and continuing effective campus initiatives.
Through collaborative efforts with other dedicated divisions of the college, we are committed to examining the net economic, environmental, and social impacts associated with our activities and services in order to continually improve the college's performance.
Students have historically played a key role in advancing and maintaining a "green" K-College. Students successfully advocated for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for Hicks, the College's student center.
They also played an important role in the College's decision to sign the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, and continue to be involved in the agreement's implementation today.