Environmental Sustainability Staging Area

How do we define “Environmental Sustainability”?


  1. Definition of Sustainability
    1. Brundtland
      1. What are our needs? (Maslow’s Hierarchy)
      2. How do we meet those needs? (3 pillars/target)
    2. UN SDGs
  2. Focus Areas
    1. Waste
    2. Energy
    3. Ecosystems/Food systems
    4. Transportation
    5. Water
  3. Partners working from diff angles

Here at Goucher we've made environmental sustainability a key component of campus operations, academics, volunteer opportunities, events programming, and our shared community principles. We continue to work on deepening our integration of sustainability throughout the campus, including in our dining services, recycling, composting, energy conservation, transportation, and academic programs.

Explore our environmental sustainability initiatives and how you can get involved with the links in the sidebar.


The most widely used definition of sustainability originates from a 1987 UN Brundtland Commission document “Our Common Future” and states that “sustainable dev…. Ability to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs”

What does this all mean?????

At Goucher we strive to understand our needs and live within the means of the world to support…

Meeting everyone’s needs is inextricably linked to issues of social justice, distribution of resources, benefits, and harms. Intragenerationally and intergenerationally.

Recognizing that we live in a dynamic and complex world, we encourage all to learn more about….