Definitions

Sustainability has been described hundreds of different ways—literally.

Many definitions revolve around the concept of the importance of what is called the triple bottom line of protecting the environment, promoting economic opportunity, and ensuring social justice.

Protecting the environment

Short-term vs. long-term perspective

  • Piecemeal vs. systematic understanding of the indispensability of ecosystems for the viability of human existence
  • The concept of built-in limits to the human impact that ecosystems can sustain
  • Environmental degradation as stressor

Promoting economic opportunity

Recognizes the importance of providing secure, long-term employment without jeopardizing the health of ecosystems

  • Importance of natural capital—the economy is a subsystem of the ecosystem.
  • Concerns about growth vs. development
  • Poverty as stressor

Ensuring social justice

Cooperation and community building; well being of the individual and the larger community are interdependent

  • Social cohesion, compassion, and tolerance help make all members of the community feel their contribution to the whole is appreciated
  • An equitable distribution of resources is recognized as essential for the long-term viability of society.
  • Social inequality as stressor

And, because of the long-term impact our actions have, we also need to think intergenerationally.

What we do today impacts the future either positively or negatively. We all should consider the consequences of our actions:

How do our choices impact the environment?

Do those actions promote expanding economic opportunity and ensuring more just social conditions?

Your daily actions speak louder than words.

As the end of the Fall 2014 term approaches, let's take a look back and a glance forward.

The Campus Community Garden has been cleared now with the last of the potatoes dug up this week thanks to Joshua Monroe helping me. I then delivered 30 lbs. of red and Yukon gold potatoes to the Good Neighbor Food Pantry in Dayton.

The space that has been the Garden for the last three summers will be converted to a Pollinator Garden next spring and help to educate the campus community about pollinators, their role in nature and in our food supply and why we should protect them from chemical poisons and habitat loss.

Other recent events included the Montgomery County Food Summit on November 5th. Over 200 people from around the Miami Valley attended this conference to learn about Local Organic Food Production and to discuss how the Dayton area can further develop a Food Hub to increase the amount of food products grown and consumed right in our area.
Check out the photo shoot.

And as we move into Spring Term 2015, we need to get geared up for Recyclemania and the Campus Conservation Nationals coming up in January.

Have a Safe and Happy Break!

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