Culture and Sustainable Development
The culture of a community consists of specific ways of thinking, being, acting, and doing that give meaning to its presence in the world and provide symbols that help make it a cohesive whole. All of this shapes community values and the way it interacts with its surroundings and with surrounding cultures and also determines the imprint it leaves on its environment and in history.
The importance Université Laval places on values such as individual and collective engagement, leadership, excellence, respect for the diversity of individuals and opinions, creativity and innovation, academic freedom, and a consensus-based approach to decision-making influences how members of the university community imagine their community and how they do things. These values help determine the types of relationships they maintain with their immediate environment and the world—what they give and what they take. These values explain why many at Université Laval adhere to the principles of sustainable development and strive to integrate them into their thinking and actions.
University culture is evolving as the university community puts increasing emphasis on sustainable development in the way it manages the campus and promotes and facilitates knowledge acquisition and transfer, creative capabilities, and innovation. This also affects how its members interact with each other and the rest of the world. It’s safe to say that the concept of sustainable development is increasingly becoming a defining feature of Université Laval culture.