When I think about sustainability, what immediately comes to mind is green. Green — as a concept and not just a color — dominates every conversation.
As I specifically consider leadership of a theological school, Green raises so many questions.
Questions about ecology and the environment: Is my campus kind to the environment? Are our buildings green or at least getting greener? Are our behaviors on campus environmentally responsible? At the very least, do we recycle?
And always, questions about money: Are our budgets balanced and our financial forecasts realistic? Where does our current financial path lead? Is our cash flow sufficient? How sustainable are our finances?
As leaders, we need our institutions to be sustainable, both financially sustainable and environmentally sustainable.