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Office of University Sustainability

The Office of University Sustainability was created to centralize sustainable initiatives and reduce FIU’s carbon footprint. The mission of Florida International University Office of University Sustainability is to implement policies and procedures regarding the integration of environmental sustainability into its operations, education, research, and outreach. The Office of University Sustainability will encourage and facilitate the collaborative efforts of students, faculty, and staff to generate knowledge, acquire skills, develop values, and initiate practices that contribute to a sustainable, high quality of life on campus, in the state of Florida, and across the globe.

Sustainability can be interpreted and defined in many different ways. Different sources define the word sustainability as the capacity or ability to endure; durability; permanence. The Office of University Sustainability at FIU accepts the World Commission on Environment and Development definition of sustainability as “meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” (1987) There are three main pillars that make up sustainability; often referred to as the 3 P’s: People, Planet, Profits.

The FIU Office of University Sustainability envisions FIU as a global leader in environmentally sustainable, economically feasible, and socially just practices. The Office strives to instill in the university community “best practices” in all areas, to significantly reduce our negative impacts on the natural environment. It seeks to create a permanent position of leadership in sustainable practices through the creation of an Office of University Sustainability with the budgetary and administrative powers required to implement policies that make FIU a global model of environmental stewardship.