What is Sustainability?

Sustainability is most often defined as development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs (Brundtland Commission of the United Nations, March 20, 1987).

Sustainability is made up of three dimensions:  Social, Environmental and Economic.

At Lamar University, that means making wise use of energy and other natural resources to minimize our environmental impact while still accomplishing the educational goals of our institution. Check out the many things we are doing to reach our goals.

Help your community...Recycle!

Sort these for drop-off: 

  • Glass - all colors, labels and lids can stay on
  • Flattened cardboard - boxes, cereal boxes
  • No. 1 plastic bottles - caps and lids can stay on
  • No. 1 plastic thermoforms - sorted separately from above; berry baskets; to-go containers; rinsed
  • No. 2 plastic - detergent, milk, shampoo; caps and labels can stay on
  • Steel cans - people and pet food; lids and labels can stay on; rinsed; no aerosol cans

Please take your aluminum cans to the Science and Technology Building for recycling in the aluminum furnace! 


  • North end of the LU Montagne Center parking lot
  • 4401 S MLK Jr. Parkway

Dates and times: 

  • Every 1st Saturday of the month, 11 am - 1 pm