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Sustainability involves meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.  Not only does sustainability think long-term about the environment, but it also examines our economic, health, and social systems.

The Sustainability Office serves as a facilitator in the University's move towards sustainability, acting through a collaborative process involving staff, students, faculty and administrators towards making Bemidji State a more ecologically and economically sustainable campus community. The office is responsible for the education, communication, planning, and management of environmental issues on campus and also expected to participate in community environmental initiatives.




"We are like tenant farmers chopping down the fence around our house for fuel when we should be using nature’s inexhaustible sources of energy -sun, wind and tide. ... I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that."
~ Thomas Edison to Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone (1931)