University establishes Willamette Sustainability Institute
Sustainability is not merely a set of "best practices," it is central to the future of humankind – not only the natural world that sustains life, but also the world’s interconnected communities and economies.
To advance sustainability in programs and operations, the Willamette Sustainability Institute brings together several university entities and efforts under the direction of the Sustainability Executive Committee. This restructuring combines the Center for Sustainable Communities, the Sustainability Council and the Zena Advisory Committee into a single, focused entity.
Chaired by Marlene Moore, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, the committee will hire a full-time director to coordinate administrative, academic and communication initiatives related to sustainability programs.
Among other responsibilities, the director will manage Zena Forest and Farm; the university’s 305-acre research forest and student-operated farm offer distinctive opportunities for students, faculty and staff to apply the university motto, “Not unto ourselves alone are we born,” while pursuing research across academic disciplines.
By combining efforts devoted to sustainability into an institute with a director and faculty-led advisory board, the university will strengthen sustainability in curricular and co-curricular offerings across all schools.