What is sustainability?


Sustainability is…

The concept of meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.
(Bruntland, G. (ed.), 1987, Our common future: The World Commission on Environment and Development)

The ability to provide for the needs of the world's current population without damaging the ability of future generations to provide for themselves. When a process is sustainable, it can be carried out over and over without negative environmental effects or impossibly high costs to anyone involved. (www.sustainabletable.org)

The term was originally applied to natural resource situations in a long term perspective. Today, it applies to many disciplines, including economic development, environment, food production, energy and social organization. Basically, sustainability/sustainable development refers to doing something with the long term in mind. Today's decisions are made with a consideration of sustaining our activities into the long term future. (The Dantes Project: www.dantes.info)


What is a Sustainable Campus?

A sustainable campus community acts upon its local and global responsibilities to protect and enhance the health and well-being of all humans and ecosystems. It actively engages the knowledge of the university community to address the ecological and social challenges faced both today and many years from now.

Academic freedom provides the ideal conditions for inspired innovation. Universities, long regarded as bastions of free thoughts, are unparalleled in their ability to apply new theories, technologies and values. As such, it is incumbent upon universities to lead by example in enacting positive changes.

(The Sustainable Campuses Project: www.syc-cjs.org/sustainable-campuses)



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