Sustainability at Ozarks

Sustainable thinking, planning, designing, operations and programming are being discussed and debated on college and university campuses around the world. These campuses are the domicile of the leaders of our future and those leaders will make decisions that provide for the well-being of their succeeding generations.

University of the Ozarks prides itself in providing a uniquely supportive, academically sophisticated and challenging environment on a beautiful campus adjacent to the Ozark Mountains. Because the natural beauty of our setting is something that has always been a part of the university's culture, we want to make understanding an minimizing our environmental footprint a core principle of our mission.

On August 24, 2008, Dr. Rick Niece announced the creation of the Campus Environmental Assessment Task Force, and charged them to review and assess the environmental record of the campus. The task force was asked to answer the following four questions:

  • What are we currently doing?
  • How well are we doing it?
  • What more should we be doing?
  • What are we currently doing that we should not be doing?

The result of their work was a Campus Sustainability Assessment report, and the establishment of a standing committee of the University Senate. The Environmental Sustainability Committee is responsible for monitoring the university's environmental policies and priorities.

The challenges ahead are complex and difficult, but University of the Ozarks will strive to set a standard of excellence that will maintain the environment in this scenic setting we call home.