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ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP & SUSTAINABILITY

At JMU, we conserve and steward natural resources and minimize materials impacts; promote interdisciplinary research, education, and literacy in sustainability; and, build a sustainable community through partnerships, service, and outreach.

The Institute for Stewardship of the Natural World (ISNW) provides broad sustainability coordination for campus, fosters a culture of sustainability, and promotes opportunities for students and employees to learn and participate. 

THE ISNW uses a working definition of sustainability that is adapted from the Federal Register (2009): To pursue sustainability is to create and maintain the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social and economic requirements of present and future generations. The ISNW recognizes the natural world’s intrinsic value and uses a systems framework. Accordingly, we are committed to contributing, as individuals and as an institution, to the flourshing of nature and humans.

JMU's commitment to sustainability is not housed in one university unit, but is shared across all divisions. JMU’s achievements can be attributed to the past and current efforts of staff, faculty and students in many areas, commonly in collaboration.  Information on JMU’s programs and plans related to the social and economic dimensions of sustainability can be found on numerous JMU websites.  A few examples are

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