The Office of Sustainability, in conjunction with the President's Council on Sustainability, oversees several aspects of the university's commitment to sustainability. Dr. Wendy Anderson, a Professor of Biology and Environmental Science and the Director of Campus Sustainability, and a team of student employees and interns use the campus as a living laboratory for sustainable living by implementing and managing numerous operational initiatives such as recycling and composting, the bike loan program, Bike Week and Earth Week events, energy conservation efforts and renewable energy installations, among many others.
The Director works with faculty across the disciplines to infuse sustainability into the general education curriculum and the curricula of courses and programs in several departments. Similarly, the personnel in the office advise several students in their class projects that are related to campus or community sustainability. The Director serves as the representative of Drury's sustainability initiatives (operational, curricular, and co-curricular) to the Administration and the Board of Trustees, and also currently serves as the Drury representative member of the Board of the Ozarks New Energy, Inc. and the Environmental Advisory Board for the city and county.
These and other community partnerships provide opportunities for our students to be directly involved in developing a more sustainable community, both on campus and in our city and region. Including the Office of Sustainability, with its integration of campus operations, curricular elements across the disciplines, and community engagement, would add to the synergy of the partnership between the Environmental Programs and the Ozarks Center for Sustainable Solutions, and strengthen the fabric of the potential (emerging) School of the Environment.