The Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives is committed to protecting and enhancing the natural and built environment in which we learn, work, and live. We research, investigate, support, promote and implement sustainability programs and educational initiatives. We work with faculty, staff and students, and local and national organizations to deepen our understanding of our impact on the earth’s resources and our responsibilities for developing a sustainable future. In working towards that future, we aim to support the global effort to advance environmental sustainability. To succeed, we must balance environmental, social and economical considerations in all of our decisions and actions. At the core of our approach is the belief that sustainability means meeting the needs of our current generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.
In the fall of 2007, the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives was established with a generous donation from Selim Zilkha, Class of 1946.