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"Sustainability efforts require a level of ingenuity and integrity that's hard to find in many institutions, but that abounds on every Kent State campus."
President Lester A. Lefton

State of the University Address, September 25, 2008

Sustainability at Kent State University
The concept of sustainability is not new, but its prevalence in conversations today seems to indicate a heightened sense of urgency. From individuals to corporations, the world is taking a closer look at how we all can be better stewards of our natural resources, meet present needs without compromising those of the future and leave the world a little better than we found it.

In his annual State of the University Address in fall 2008, Kent State University President Lester A. Lefton announced the formation of a Task Force on Sustainability co-chaired by Dr. Verna Fitzsimmons, of the College of Technology, and Thomas Euclide, associate vice president for Facilities Planning and Operations. The Task Force is designed to engage the university community to build upon current efforts and investigate new initiatives aimed toward environmental responsibility.

At the recommendation of the Task Force, the position of Sustainability Manager was created in 2009. The Sustainability Manager, Task Force and engaged students, faculty and staff continue to work on sustainability initiatives across the university.

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