Sustainability is the responsibility of every member of the Memorial community. Choices you make every day can contribute to reducing resource use and carbon emissions, and increasing efficiency. Turn down the heat and turn off lights and computers, distribute documents electronically and if you need to print, double-side, choose reusable containers for your lunch and recycle what you can at work and at home.
Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.
- Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Sustainability is listed as one of Memorial's values in the university's Vision, Mission and Values (2013):
- Sustainability: Acting in a manner that is environmentally, economically and socially sustainable in administration, academic and research programs.
The Memorial University Sustainability Declaration was adopted by the Board of Regents in 2009 and commits the university to sustainability in all of its activities.
The Sustainability Office at Memorial was created in 2007 and is the main point of contact for sustainability initiatives at Memorial. Committees and positions which also focus on sustainability and related activities include:
- the University Sustainability Committee, a university-wide committee reporting to the Vice-Presidents’ Council
- the Marine Institute Sustainability Committee
- the Environmental Affairs Committee, Grenfell Campus Student Union
- the energy management technologist, Facilities Management
- the sustainability co-ordinator, Graduate Students' Union