Environmental stewardship and sustainability are embedded into Purchase College’s governance, culture and academics, as well as the operational areas of planning, design, construction, transportation, food service, energy use, and waste.
Sustainability on Campus
Purchase College has a unique and very passionate campus population that has fostered a strong history of successful initiatives to increase the wellbeing 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 network there are many committees as well as student groups and organizations to increase environmental efforts and education by means of creative programs and initiatives.
With sustainability being one of the four main directives of the college’s 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 and water conservation.