Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations.

The EPA explains sustainability as the idea that, "everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment."

Sustainability is important to making sure that we have and will continue to have, the water, materials and resources to protect human health and our environment. It is also based on the scientific understanding that all the resources we need for society ultimately come from the natural world and are limited. In other words, what we use up today is not available for tomorrow.

Sustainability at GGC

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It's not just about the benefits to current students, faculty and staff of our campus, but also about how we think of the future GGC community and, indeed, the future of all people on earth. By trying to live sustainably now, our goal is that future generations will be able to do so as well. 

Hence, at GGC, we define sustainability inclusively, following the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, as “encompassing human and ecological health, social justice, secure livelihoods, and a better world for all generations.”

Sustainability concerns at GGC include the following:

  • green building
  • recycling and waste reduction
  • stormwater management
  • green chemistry and industrial practices
  • transportation and energy alternatives
  • natural environments on campus

The sustainability programs at GGC also work to increase student awareness of these environmental, social and economic issues, enrich their education in these areas, help them gain the skills needed to meet future sustainability challenges, and prepares them to be future leaders in this field.