Sustainability @ Siena
Welcome to the sustainability website for Siena College! Here, you can learn how Siena is working to promote and coordinate sustainable practices on campus, as well as educate the Siena community about how they can take part in creating a sustainable school.
Read our Spring 2020 Sustainability Newsletter to stay up-to-date with new and exciting projects taking place on campus!
Or read our comprehensive Zero Waste Plan for Siena's short and long term sustainability goals.
What does living sustainably mean?
Siena has a responsibility to live in a way that benefits not only our campus, but the greater community as a whole. Sustainability can be a broad topic, but is nicely summarized by the Brundtland Report (Our Common Future):
"Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."
It contains within it two key concepts:
the concept of needs, in particular the essential needs of the world's poor, to which overriding priority should be given; and
the idea of limitations imposed by the state of technology and social organization on the environment's ability to meet present and future needs."