By: Sandy Pfeiffer
Warren Wilson College is regarded as a sustainability leader in higher education. The practices for which we’ve been recognized have had a significant impact upon the economic, social/cultural, and environmental health of the College, region, and planet. Given our commitment to sustainability both within and beyond the College, I’m writing to announce a change that further demonstrates this commitment.
The Triad of academics, work, and service brings our sustainability ethos to life. For example, students have researched local economic drivers, learned about cultural inequities, and examined the effects of fossil fuel dependence. International programs provide cross-cultural understanding and build awareness of how our local behaviors have global impact. As our students implement practices that have earned Warren Wilson the distinction of being a “living laboratory of sustainability,” they discover they have the power to change the world.
As well, the President’s Advisory Council (PAC) has adopted a sustainable decision-making process for its planning. Accordingly, we acknowledge that issues of economy, social/cultural equity, and the health of the environment are inextricably connected. We recognize our responsibility, as individuals and in community, to influence this web of interdependent relationships. And we believe that through careful consideration of all dimensions of sustainability, we’re more likely to have a positive impact upon our College and the planet.
To ensure the well-being of the College, and to strengthen practices that have brought us awards and recognitions for sustainability leadership, it’s time to deepen the practice of sustainability on campus. For this reason, I’ve asked Margo Flood, executive director of the Environmental Leadership Center, to join the PAC in the role of chief sustainability official of the College. As such, she will collaborate with various campus individuals and groups to advance the cause of sustainability – economic, social/cultural, and environmental.