What is Sustainability?

Sustainability, as defined by the 1987 United Nations’ Bruntland Commission, means “meeting the needs of the present without sacrificing the ability of future generations to meet their needs.” There are three pillars of sustainability; society, economy and environment. If any one of these pillars is weak, the system as a whole is not sustainable. The pillars are inter-connected and optimal sustainability is achieved when all three work together. 

Sustainability at Wake Tech

“Upon becoming a Signatory of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) [in 2010], Wake Technical Community College formally recognized the threat of global climate change and accepted responsibility for addressing green house gas (GHG) emissions related to college operations.”

Read the full Climate Action Plan 


Wake Tech’s Sustainability Mission: 

At Wake Technical Community College, we understand that a healthy, sustainable society requires citizens who understand consequences and the balances among economic success, social equity and environmental conservation. Wake Tech is therefore committed to promoting a culture of sustainability across its campuses and throughout our community. We will accomplish this by:

  1. Preparing students to be engaged and responsible citizens by integrating sustainability topics, issues and application into academics, career development and student life
  2. Promoting innovation, stewardship and leadership to transform sustainability principles and policies into effective practices
  3. Creating partnerships within the larger community that support sustainability principles, goals and practices
  4. Understanding and employing best practices in campus operations and services
  5. Acting as a clearinghouse for public education, outreach and resources

Check out our initiatives list to see all of the great things Wake Tech is doing to support the sustainability mission.