At Transylvania, sustainability is more than an intellectual concept. It's a way that students can get personally involved and make real inroads on the issues and problems facing our world.
Transylvania Environmental Rights and Responsibilities Alliance (TERRA) is an active, student-run organization dedicated to improving sustainability efforts and educating the campus community. TERRA has led numerous awareness and action campaigns on climate change, coal consumption, and environmental justice.
Power Shift, a project of the Energy Action Coalition, was founded in 2004 by youth from around the country to tackle the problem of climate change. In 2007, Energy Action hosted the first Power Shift in Washington, D.C., where 3,000 young people lobbied on Capitol Hill for a climate and energy policy that prioritizes renewable energy, green job creation, and an aggressive cap on carbon emissions. Transylvania students have been actively involved in Power Shift 2007, 2009, and 2011.
The Student Government Association (SGA) has a representative who serves as a liaison to the university's sustainability committee. Several SGA committees are actively involved with sustainability initiatives across campus. SGA funds enhancements to printers to provide the option of duplex printing. SGA also funded recycling bins for every student room to encourage recycling.
The President's Council on Sustainability serves as the driving force behind sustainability on Transylvania's campus, making recommendations to the president and ensuring that adopted recommendations are carried out successfully. Positions on the Sustainability Council are available for students, and students are encouraged to get involved in decision making.