“To waste, to destroy our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in an undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them amplified and developed.”
- Theodore Roosevelt
Environmental and social responsibility is an important part of Mercyhurst University's mission. We're committed to educating our students and our community about living more green lifestyles to ensure a sustainable future. We encourage ongoing participation in recycling and energy conservation, offer a Sustainability Studies minor and major and provide the Mercyhurst community with multiple ways to get involved in sustainability projects and activities.
There’s a lot of talk about sustainability–but what is it really? The concept of sustainability emerged in the 1970s, but was first used in the context of global resource conservation in the 1987 United Nations report titled, “Our Common Future," in which sustainable development is defined as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.