Southern Oregon University is committed to sustainable practices, environmental stewardship, and research that advances our understanding of local, regional, and global environmental issues.

What does sustainability mean to SOU?

SOU broadly defines sustainability as achieving increased well-being for humanity over time through an equitable and sustained utilization of critical natural capital. The SOU definition includes sustainability goals set forth by 1) the U.N. World Commission on Environment and Development (1987 Brundtland Commission) which indicated that sustainable development will “meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs,” and 2) the intertwined “economic, social and environmental elements” of sustainability, which AASHE incorporates into its definition of sustainability.



SOU Green Recognition

The SOU Sustainability Council is pleased to announce that SOU has been named a 2015 AASHE Sustainability Award winner for its work on Bee Campus USA. Read more about it in SOU's case study, Bee Campus USA as a Model for Pollinator-Friendly Campuses and watch our video!


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SOU is committed to fostering sustainability efforts across the university at the administrative, operational, academic, and student activism levels. Recognizing the complex relationships between humans and their environments, we also seek to inspire and inform the next generation of leaders to practice a more restorative form of capitalism in all sectors of society.


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