March 4-8, 2024 was UN Sustainable Development Goals Action and Awareness Weekorganized by the University Global Coalition (UGC) to promote awareness of the SDGs among students, faculty, and staff in higher education and inspire them to take action. JMU will be focusing on learning about the SDGs throughout the remainder of the academic year.

Learn more about the UGC, the SDGs, and how JMU is involved.

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James Madison University is committed to being the change at work and in the world. Partners across the university collaboratively build an environmentally literate community whose members think critically and act, individually and collectively, as model stewards of the natural world. The university fosters interdisciplinary education, literacy, and research in sustainability. In addition to offering majors that help prepare students for environmentally-related careers, JMU provides concentrations, minors, and General Education courses that enable any student to develop the knowledge and skills to contribute to a sustainable future. An extensive portfolio of opportunities for students to learn about the environment includes study abroad, community-service learning, and civic engagement programs. Faculty members and students, many of whom are undergraduates, conduct research and scholarship that addresses sustainability challenges. University members are actively engaged in partnerships, outreach, and service that build sustainable community. JMU is home to student organizations that are tackling sustainability issues, including the Food Recovery Network at JMU, Environmental Management Club, and Geography Club. The university’s efforts to conserve and steward natural resources are furthered by affiliations with Tree Campus USA and Bee Campus USA, a Bicycle Friendly University designation, and green buildings led by Facilities Management. Sustainability achievements at JMU have received recognition, including Virginia Governor’s Environmental Excellence awards, accolades from professional organizations, and a Silver rating from the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) in 2022.

The purpose of this website is to provide information and tools that further your engagement in the pursuit of a sustainable future. This website provides a brief overview of environmental stewardship and sustainability at JMU; describes how environmental stewardship is incorporated across JMU; presents commitments, plans, and policies; and highlights accomplishments. We also provide information about the Institute for Stewardship of the Natural World (ISNW), which coordinates the collaborative efforts of the university to promote cultural change for environmental stewardship and sustainability and a broader sense of citizenship, and includes links to Facilities Management and our many other partners on campus.

"Because universities and colleges are teaching and research institutions, their efforts, both large and small, extend far beyond the institution's walls."


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