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Over the last year, Drury University in Springfield has focused on the issue of sustainability. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports that the campus will continue to embrace the idea of sustainability with a new president's council.
Drury's year-long focus on sustainability earned the university a mention in a January, 2006 New York Times article on campuses becoming more environmentally aware.
Now, Drury's president has announced the formation of a Sustainability Council to continue to look at ways to implement sustainable practices on campus.
Don Deeds, Drury professor of biology will co-chair the President's Council on Sustainability.
When it comes to sustainability, Deeds says there's a need to create a community resource that provides information on how businesses, organizations and individuals can reduce the impact they have on the environment.
Efforts to encourage recycling and alternative energy sources sometimes meet resistance.
Deeds says there is a perception that sustainable practices will result in fewer comforts.
Deeds says the President's Council on Sustainability is not a faculty-driven program.
He says students will be a key part of implementing sustainable practices.
Deeds says he expects the council to spend the summer getting organized.