Being environmentally sustainable is essential to Gustavus Adolphus College's commitment to its core values of excellence, community, justice, service, and faith. Faith calls us to care for the environment which sustains our community. We are not just if clean air and water are not available for all, nor do we serve if we enable the destruction of the natural world and its life-sustaining functions. And excellence is only possible when we can live, as Wendell Berry says, "without destroying the sources of our life." As a liberal arts institution, our values guide us as we face complex global environmental issues that require innovative and sophisticated solutions built on an understanding of science, social values and economic realities.