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Sustainability in the SDSU Library

Sustainability Policies and Initiatives in the SDSU Library

This resource provides information on sustainability within the SDSU library, including what we are doing toward sustainability, and how this is informed by the library's strategic plan and the broader SDSU and CSU sustainability policies.

What is sustainability?

Sustainability can be broadly defined as the intersection between environmental stewardship, social equity, and economic responsibility:

  • Environmental stewardship: Minimizing the library's ecological footprint through energy-efficient buildings, water conservation, responsible waste management, and promoting sustainable transportation options;
  • Economic responsibility: Implementing cost-saving measures such as resource optimization, responsible procurement, and exploring alternative funding models to ensure the library's financial feasibility and ability to serve its community;
  • Social equity and community engagement: Creating an inclusive and welcoming space for all, promoting environmental justice by addressing the disproportionate impact of environmental burdens on certain communities, and collaborating with stakeholders to tackle sustainability challenges together.