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Promoting improved sustainability on campus

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.

WSU defines sustainability as using resources wisely and engaging in actions that are environmentally, socially, and financially responsible, and benefit present and future generations.


Goals and Initiatives

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Goal 1: Culture

Foster a culture of sustainability that permeates all aspects of our university experience and promotes civic engagement.

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Goal 2: Efficiency

Develop and promote initiatives that lead to greater efficiencies and responsible use of resources.

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Goal 3: Curriculum

Design a dynamic, adaptive curriculum that views sustainability in a holistic manner.

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Goal 4: Applied Learning

Provide applied learning and research opportunities for sustainability that address societal challenges and develop skills for workforce success.

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Goal 5: Transparency

Promote and transparently communicate University sustainability priorities and initiatives through a shared governance process.

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Goal 6: Planning

Establish and maintain an ongoing process to review and refine WSU sustainability plan.

Dining Services moves in sustainable direction

Wichita State University’s Dining Services and food service provider Chartwells are taking steps to reduce food waste on campus.

Shocker Hall Dining

Carbon footprint under scope as sustainability efforts continue

Wichita State University is in the middle of a six part sustainability plan to develop and promote initiatives leading to a greater use of sustainable resources on campus. The initiatives revolve around facility improvements, new curriculum opportunities and overall student impact. 

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WSU meal program helps students with food insecurity

It’s more than just a texting service for leftovers. Shocker Share a Meal is the newest campus resource to help students struggling with food insecurity. 

Shocker Share a Meal is a texting service that alerts current WSU students via notification when there is leftover, free food available on campus. The leftover portions come from campus events where food was ordered, but not all consumed.  

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Featured Initiatives


KMUW to get additional solar panels.

• Plans in the works for solar panels on the Bardo Center.

• Dr. Moriah Beck chooses to adjust the coolers in her lab to save energy.

Curriculum Opportunities

Environmental Travel Seminar to Costa Rica planned by Dr. Glyn Rimmington - Summer 2020

• Two new First Year Seminar Courses on sustainability and climate change have been proposed.

Student Impacts

• Students are in the process of designing a community garden with plans for spring planting on Earth Day.

• Students provided with opportunity to help reduce food waste from catering events through Shocker-Share-a-Meal.


We need your input!

Do you have information about sustainability events, efforts or accomplishments happening at WSU? If so, we want to hear about it.

Get Involved

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

Research Group

Spring 2020 meeting times pending. Contact Visvakumar Aravinthan or Bayram Yildirim for more information

Curriculum Group

Spring 2020 meeting times pending.  Contact Deepak Gupta for more information.

Facilities Group

Spring 2020 meeting times pending. Contact Ikram Ahmed for more information.

Student Group

Spring 2020 meeting times pending. Contact facilitator Carolyn Shaw or student convenor Madi Laughlin for more information.