Each of us in the Brookhaven community is on a journey to understand the choices and challenges, the knowledge, skills and actions needed to create a sustainable and desirable future.
Sustainable Brookhaven is a clearinghouse of learning opportunities and a catalyst for actions that promote a clean, healthy environment, economic prosperity and social equity for all — now and in the future.
Education: Teaching Sustainable Development
Teaching sustainability principles and practices is essential to prepare students to live and lead successfully in a rapidly changing world. At Brookhaven, we teach sustainability in our classrooms, student organizations and service learning, and use our campus as a living lab. When faculty intentionally include sustainability issues and topics in their course material, they can add to the depth and relevance of the learning experience. The Brookhaven Sustainability Scholars program is a new initiative where students can earn an honorary green cord for graduation regalia by completing coursework with sustainability assignments, participating in volunteer service activities and fulfilling requirements for any associate degree.
Greening the Campus: The Windmill Garden
From catering to recycling, Brookhaven strives to achieve a more sustainable campus through demonstration projects, cost-saving procurement strategies and infrastructure efficiency projects. The native plant and pollinator Windmill Garden at Brookhaven represents Texas’ new frontier: forward-thinking, community-forged urban spaces recognizing nature’s critical role in our world. The Windmill Garden strengthens the link between students, employees, parents and others associated with pre-K-12 education and college. The garden features a rainwater harvesting system, outdoor classroom hub, beds shaped as a windmill blade, and nectar and host plants for pollinators like monarch butterflies. The garden is a certified wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.
Community: Sustaining Farmers Branch and Addison for Future Generations
Brookhaven is located in the city of Farmers Branch and borders the town of Addison, two dense but small suburban communities of more than 56,000 residents combined. Brookhaven has a community nature trail that circles the campus and serves as a connection trail between the main community trail of Farmers Branch and Addison’s new Vitruvian Park. Along the Brookhaven trail, visitors can experience the 195-acre campus that exemplifies an “urban forest” and is recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation as a designated Tree Campus USA. In addition to providing outdoor needs to the students and the community, the Brookhaven trail is used by local nonprofit organizations for fundraising events such as the Spooky Trot Food Bank Run and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Run.
More About Sustainable Brookhaven Initiatives
- Recycling and Reuse
- Tree Conservation
- Campus Earth Day Fest
- Green Catering
- Cease the Grease
- Air North Texas
- Energy Star Certified Campus Rooftops
- Climate Action Plan
- Open Book Initiative
- Green Team Coalition
- Sustainable Brookhaven Committee
- United Nations Partnership for Quality Education
- Office for Sustainability and Programs