As NIRSA embarks on the next phase of strategic planning, sustainability has emerged as a strategic value for the Association and a critical lens through which to view our work and ensure NIRSA meets its full potential as "Leaders in Collegiate Recreation." In order to create conditions that will ensure a more sustainable future, higher education will have to provide college and university graduates with the skills, background, knowledge and habits-of-mind that will prepare them to meet the challenges presented by the future.
There are many reasons why collegiate recreation should play a critical and active role in these efforts. Campus recreation departments have one of the largest carbon footprints on almost any given campus, use a disproportionate amount of energy, manage huge financial operations, and interact with more of the campus population than nearly any other entity. As educators, NIRSA professionals have an obligation to assist students in learning about and applying sustainability and support the future leaders of our shared world.
Through this community NIRSA is working to educate its members on what sustainability means, as well as to develop a framework and understanding within which the profession can grow.