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Promoting improved sustainability on campus

On January 17, 2019, a day-long Sustainability Summit was held at Wichita State University with 41 people from across campus attending, including 25 faculty from 12 departments. Many of these participants have committed to moving forward with a process to create a formal sustainability plan for WSU.

Four chairpersons will lead working groups around three broad themes. Visvakumar Aravinthan and Bayram Yildirim are leading the Research group, Deepak Gupta is leading the Curriculum group, and Bob Smith is leading the Facilities/cost savings group. The steering committee, consisting of the working group chairs and Associate Vice Presidents Carolyn Shaw and Shelly Coleman-Martins, have begun crafting a sustainability statement that will be used to help focus the work that follows within in each working group.


Get Involved

If you are interested in participating in one of the working groups, please contact the one of the group chairs.


Sustainability Statement and Goals

Recognizing the educational, cultural, economic, and environmental benefits of sustainability, WSU is committed to engaging and empowering students, faculty, and staff to value, develop, adopt and promote sustainable practices.



  1. Foster a culture of sustainability that permeates all aspects of our university experience and promotes civic engagement.
  2. Develop and promote initiatives that lead to greater efficiencies and responsible use of resources.
  3. Design a dynamic, adaptive curriculum that views sustainability in a holistic manner.
  4. Provide applied learning and research opportunities that address societal challenges and develop skills for workforce success.
  5. Transparently communicate University sustainability priorities and initiatives that are established through a shared governance process.
  6. Establish and maintain an ongoing process to review and refine WSU's sustainbility plan.