How do we define sustainability? Graceland University recognizes that our world needs to do better than simply sustain our current environmental, social and economic systems in order to make our planet a suitable place for future generations to enjoy. With this in mind, the most widely used definition for sustainability (or sustainable development) comes from the 1987 report of UN Brundtland Commission: the “ability to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” The Graceland University Sustainability Program aims to go beyond the standard definition of sustainability and, as an institution of higher education, practice and teach systems that are regenerative in nature.


To practice and teach restorative relationships between humanity and the ecosystems from which we draw resources for our livelihoods  especially within the context of local communities. 

Pictured are the Graceland Sustainability Assistants (from left to right): Erin Reynolds, Kate Ytell, Ryan Schlom and Paul Stewart.


The Graceland Wrestling Team was a big help last fall with seasonal garden upkeep. 


Environmental psychology students Chelsea and Tom helping with a prescribed burn this spring.


A photo of a storm rolling in over the Eco Plot.