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As a major university with more than 27,000 students and another 5,000 faculty and staff, East Carolina requires considerable resources just to keep the doors open. That is why it is so important that the university is actively working to eliminate wasteful practices and improve efficiency wherever possible.

In an age when environmental concerns are gaining more public support and pennies are counted like never before, it makes sense for the university to conserve wherever it can. But accepting the challenge of creating a more sustainable campus goes beyond mere budgetary concerns or public relations.

The United Nations defines sustainability as “the ability to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” As an institution that prides itself on preparing leaders, it is imperative that ECU takes the initiative to ensure that this university is able to prepare the next generation.

In recent years, ECU has committed to conservation and green policies. Specifically, the university has excelled in five primary areas—recycling, transportation, water conservation, environmentally friendly building, and environmental advocacy. And while these are not the only areas in which the university is working to improve efficiency, they offer insight into ECU’s commitment to sustainability... read more -->