The Sustainability Center was established as the first student-led center west of the Mississippi in 2006 as part of campuswide student movement. A student fee-funded organization, the Sustainability Center is led by a student Program Manager and 7 student staff. We receive training, support, and guidance from the Sustainability Center Director, Sustainability and Student Engagement Coordinator and an Advisory Board.
The Sustainability Center supports efforts to create an active culture of sustainability and we are committed to developing and maintaining healthful, educational living environments while fully integrating sustainable practices at the University of Idaho.
Sustainability involves reorganizing our life support systems; climate, energy, biodiversity, food, consumerism and consumption, waste, transportation and built environment. We do this through projects that reduce our environmental footprint and increase participation and collaboration among students, faculty, staff and community members in addressing sustainability-related issues.
What Motivates Us?
Climate change is happening and the evidence is clear. Earth's average temperature has risen by 1.5°F over the past century, and is projected to rise another 2 to 11.5°F over the next hundred years. Small changes in the average temperature of the planet can translate to large and potentially dangerous shifts in climate and weather.
But what does that mean for us? The truth is, climate change affects everyone. While it might seem impossible to address this global issue, we are dedicated to addressing climate change where we can — in our home state of Idaho.
To learn more about temperature projections for Idaho go to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and results from the UK Hadley Centre's climate model.