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Orientation for New Students and Employees...

Welcome to FSU!  Find out what you can do daily to protect and preserve our environment. 

Conserve Energy and Water...

Help FSU conserve our energy and water resources by doing your part, see our annual Strategic Energy & Water Plan. Tip #1- turn off lights and computers when leaving. 

Turn Off Your Engine...
Turn Off Your Engine
Unnecessary idling wastes fuel, money and pollutes the air!


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What Is Sustainability

What Is Sustainability?

The definition of sustainability can be traced to a 1987 United Nations conference where "sustainable developments" were defined as those that "meet present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs." Thus, sustainability seeks a balance between current use of resources and what will remain for future generations.

FSU is committed to creating and sustaining an environment which positively impacts faculty and students. Sustainability is a global issue which focuses on meeting the economical, environmental, and social needs of the present generation without compromising the well-being of future generations. Sustainability involves the choices we make daily regarding the use and waste of natural resources. Sustainability presumes that resources are finite and should be used wisely and conservatively.


To the extent funding and resources allow, the university's sustainability plans and initiatives shall focus on eight primary categories identified below:

  • Systematic Integration of Sustainability 
  • Principles Master Planning Design and Construction 
  • Operations and Maintenance 
  • Climate Change Mitigation and Renewable Energy 
  • Transportation 
  • Recycling and Waste Management 
  • Environmentally Preferable Purchasing

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