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.

Welcome Back to Campus!

 

WSU is Going Green, Green, Green for Spring 2014
Green with Recycling
Green with Energy Conservation and
Green with Safe, Green Labs


RecycleMania 2104 volunteers needed for events. Contact us at sustainability@wright.edu to help out.


There is a new competition that we will be taking part in this Spring, the Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN). Starting in late March, for three weeks, WSU will be monitoring and working hard to reduce use of electricity on campus. Watch for more information and learn one more way to reduce your Energy Footprint.


Alert! Recycle Man is back and there will be another Super Hero joining him to reward folks for being Green. Watch for them around campus and at WSU basketball games at the Nutter Center.

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