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University Council on Sustainability

Council on Sustainability Vision Statement

Adopted May 19, 2014

The University of Rochester aims to be a leader in promoting a sustainable society through our academic, education, research, patient care and health programs, in the operation of our campuses and facilities, and in our interactions with the community. This vision will guide the Sustainability Council’s actions, priorities, and positions with respect to:

Academic Mission
Drawing on the multidisciplinary strengths of the University, we aim to pursue research and support education to increase understanding of sustainability.

Operational Stewardship
We are committed to sustainable operating practices through the responsible management of building design, construction, and renovation, landscape practices, energy use, water and waste management, emissions, transportation, and procurement, within a framework of regulatory compliance and fiscal prudence.

Community Responsibility
As a major educator, employer, and health care provider in upstate New York, the University of Rochester has a special responsibility to promote sustainability in its research, curricular, clinical, and outreach efforts. We will be a leader and collaborator in supporting an environmentally healthy community.