Center for Sustainability
Green Gus with CfS Director Lissa Leege
Welcome to the Center for Sustainability (CfS) at Georgia Southern University. What is Sustainability? Sustainability is often defined as the ability to meet present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. In other words, sustainability requires careful use of our resources, including water, air, energy, biodiversity, soil, etc. so they will be in adequate supply for the foreseeable future. Calculate your ecological footprint! Find out if you’re living a sustainable life!
New Online Sign-up for Field Trips and Volunteer Opportunities
Want to participate in a CfS field trip or help make our community more sustainable? We’ve just created a new online sign up interface for our many sustainability opportunities. Click here to sign up
or find it under Get Involved in the Programs tab.
Aquaponics Tours/Demos Available through November
Did you know that plants can grow without soil? Did you know that you can grow your vegetables indoors along with your pet fish? Aquaponics is a soil-less agricultural system, where crops are grown in water in association with aquatic organisms, such as fish or crayfish. In this symbiotic and sustainable food production system, animal waste is used as a nutrient source for plants, and plants purify the water for animals by absorbing the nutrients. An aquaponics project, funded by Student Sustainability Fees, is underway on campus in the greenhouse attached to Natural Sciences. Pepper, basil, parsley and strawberries are growing in association with crayfish. Sign up here for a 20 min. tour/demonstration during October or November.
Greening Operation Move-In
August 2015 marked Georgia Southern’s greenest Operation Move-In yet! The Center for Sustainability teamed up with Housing and the Department of Facilities during OMI this year, and with the help of 27 volunteers who gave a collective 110 hours to the True Blue Recycling Crew, we were able to keep 1.32 TONS of cardboard out of the landfill! Volunteers and CfS employees also checked out hundreds of free recycling containers to incoming students for the new Residence Hall Recycling Program. Students can now easily collect recycling in their rooms and bring full bins to the clubhouse for a stamp on their recycling card before emptying it at a recycling collection station. 10 stamps earn the room a prize from the Center for Sustainability.