Purchase College has a unique and very passionate campus population that has fostered a strong history of successful initiatives to increase the well being of the campus community. Various students, faculty and staff across all departments and disciplines have expressed an interest in advancing sustainability at the college. Through this collaborative network there are many committees as well as student groups and organizations to increase environmental efforts and education by means of creative programs, initiatives and curriculum development. With sustainability being one of the four main directives of the college’s last strategic plan, there is heavy administrative support toward sustainable action. Purchase College’s motto of “Think Wide Open” falls in line with the holistic view that sustainability encompasses not just the natural environmental but the social environment as well. With the goal of sustainability being a naturally evolving target, the driven, enthusiastic campus community has thrived in working together on a variety of issues such as energy conservation, waste reduction, land and building use, water conservation and social justice.

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