Marquette Sustainability promotes environmental and social responsibility at Marquette and beyond. We help students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members to demonstrate care for the environment and act on climate change. We coordinate and advance all things "green" in all functions of the university, including our academics, engagement, operations, planning, leadership, and more.
Sustainability aligns deeply with Marquette's Jesuit mission to care for others - and the earth - through social responsibility and justice, and to develop leaders who demonstrate this care in their personal and professional lives.
Sustainability means meeting the social, environmental, and economic needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Sustainability includes conserving energy, water, and other resources; protecting and improving air, water, and habitat quality; preventing waste and pollution; and doing these activities in a manner that promotes social justice, health, environmental welfare, and economic security.
Our work varies widely in breadth and depth:
Advancing sustainability in our curriculum, research, and learning.
Promoting sustainability through campus engagement, community and public engagement, communications, and programs.
Advancing the university’s sustainability performance as it relates to air and climate, buildings, energy, food and dining, grounds, purchasing, transportation, waste, and water.
Planning and Administration
Advancing the university’s sustainability efforts as they relate to coordination and planning, diversity and affordability, investment and finance, and wellbeing and work.
Innovation and Leadership
Pursuing innovative solutions to sustainability challenges and demonstrating sustainability leadership through practices, policies, and outcomes that are exemplary, new, extraordinary, unique, groundbreaking, or uncommon.