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Sustainability at Naropa



Statement of Commitment to the Practice of Sustainability

At Naropa, we view the practice of sustainability as essential to the current and future needs of this planet and its inhabitants through the acknowledgement of the deep interrelationship between all beings and phenomena. Naropa University aspires to be a leader that promotes the individual and collective integration of sustainability, social justice, and spiritual well-being. Naropa University is committed to sustainability-in-action, employing strategic initiatives to move the community towards specific goals, such as, but not limited to, zero waste, climate neutrality, and 100% renewable energy.

Naropa President Signs Declaration of Climate Emergency, February 2020

As institutions and networks of higher and further education from across the world, we collectively declare a Climate Emergency in recognition of the need for a drastic societal shift to combat the growing threat of climate change.

The young minds that are shaped by our institutions must be equipped with the knowledge, skills and capability to respond to the ever-growing challenges of climate change. We all need to work together to nurture a habitable planet for future generations and to play our part in building a greener and cleaner future for all.

We are today committing to collectively step up to the challenge by supporting a three-point plan which includes: 1. Mobilizing more resources for action-oriented climate change research and skills creation; 2. Committing to going carbon neutral by 2030 or 2050 at the very latest; 3. Increasing the delivery of environmental and sustainability education across curriculum, campus and community outreach programmes.

We call on governments and other education institutions to join us in declaring a Climate Emergency and back this up with actions that will help create a better future for both people and our planet.

Read the Declaration



Personal Sustainability

Tools and practices for living a whole, inspired life of purpose.

Ecological Sustainability

Right relationship with nature through ecologically sustainable practices.

Sustainability of Social Equity

Social sustainability is ecological sustainability.

Mindful Transportation

Low-carbon transportation methods.


The Naropa University Office for Sustainability

Director: Michael Bauer

Sustainability Specialist: Bethany Derby

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