Sustainability can mean many different things. At Wentworth, our approach to sustainability aspires to improve environmental, social, and economic performance, drawing from the Brundtland Commission’s definition of sustainable development: development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
The Wentworth Creed, which dates back to 1904, echoes this in its principle of Economy, stating, “We seek to use our resources wisely at all times. We accept our obligation to safeguard the earth, its resources, its life, and its energy for the benefit of future generations."
Who We Are
Campus sustainability initiatives are guided by the Wentworth Sustainability Committee, which was appointed by the President in 2007. The Committee, which includes faculty, staff, and students, is co-chaired by Michael Pankievich, Associate Vice President of Physical Facilities, and Gerald Inman, Director of Purchasing and reports to the Presidents Administrative Committee. Specific initiatives are undertaken by working groups formed by the Committee, including carrying out the obligations of the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment.
In addition to the Sustainability Committee, there is a student-led Green Team. This student organization, in existence for over 15 years, runs environmental awareness events and field trips to nearby sites of interest, and mobilizes the student body toward action on sustainability. The Green Team is an officially-recognized Student Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.
The mission of the Wentworth Sustainability Committee is to provide leadership for reducing the Institute’s impact on the local, regional, and global environment. We recommend approaches for increasing the Institute's commitment to sustainability in all areas of the campus including materials and energy use, waste management, construction, purchasing, and the campus curriculum while staying within the boundaries of the Institute’s financial resources and good business practices.
The American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment is an essential tool for Wentworth to promote communication and education about sustainability issues and achievements, and to encourage sustainable practices within Wentworth and the neighboring community.
We Are A Proud Member Of:
- The United States Green Building Council (USGBC)
- The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)
- The American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC)
- College and University Recycling Coalition (CURC)
- The Princeton Review’s Guide to the Top 322 Green Colleges