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At BYU, sustainability is central to our purpose and integral to our faith. Watch our video.

BYU Sustainability: Central to our Purpose, Integral to our Faith

BYU students, faculty, and staff share what sustainability means to them, answering the question, "What is BYU doing to conserve resources, improve health, and increase understanding at a critical time for the university and the world?" This video features Dr. Ben Abbott, professor of ecosystem ecology; Eliza Estes, a biodiversity and conservation major who worked in the Sustainability Office when this film was produced; Mahina Piena, a civil and environmental engineering major; and Eric Lemus, an environmental law student. Infigo Films, a local production company founded by BYU graduates, shot and directed the film.

Sustainability, Defined at BYU

As beneficiaries of God’s creations, we have a divine stewardship to care for one another and the Earth; in doing so, we meet the needs of today without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

"For it is expedient that I, the Lord, should make every man accountable, as a steward over earthly blessings, which I have made and prepared for my creatures" (Doctrine and Covenants 104:13).

Mission

At BYU, we commit to sustaining the Earth for all God’s children and creatures. We magnify this divine stewardship through our individual and institutional conduct, leading by example, and inspiring worldwide learning and service.

Vision

We envision a BYU campus and culture that cultivates lifelong stewardship by wisely managing resources in the top quartile of our defined sustainability measures.

Strategy

We aim to further demonstrate proactive, impactful stewardship by integrating sustainable practices and attitudes into all aspects of campus and alumni life, including facilities, operations, scholarship, education, citizenship, and devotion.

2022/2023 Priorities

  1. Develop actions, targets, and metrics.
  2. Measure and report progress via STARS.
  3. Facilitate intersectional initiatives.
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