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Sustainability What is Sustainability?
Sustainability Resources / Web Sites
Sustainability at Benchmark & Other Institutions
Economic Resources
Environmental Resources
Social Justice Resources

What is Sustainability?

Merriam Webster’s definition:
sus·tain·able adjective \sə-ˈstā-nə-bəl\
: able to be used without being completely used up or destroyed
: involving methods that do not completely use up or destroy natural resources
: able to last or continue for a long time

UNCW defines sustainability as individual efforts made by the community to ensure that the beauty and benefits of today’s world – economically, environmentally and socially – will be available for future generations to inherit. Consequently, sustainability involves awareness and understanding of the complex interdependence between these social, economic and ecological systems. The choices we, as Seahawks, make in our daily lives affect the intricate interconnections between these systems, whether tangible or invisible.

The United Nations’ World Commission on Environment and Development (Brundtland Commission) introduced the far-reaching implications of the term, “sustainable,” in their widely cited report, Our Common Future (1987): “Humanity has the ability to make development sustainable—to ensure that it meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.”

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Sustainability Resources / Web sites:

NC Green Power Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
Why Buy Local? Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium
My Footprint Students: Moving Out? Be sustainable!!
World Watch UNCW Environmental Concerns Organization
Campus Climate Challenge Play A Greater Part: Healthier Planet, Campuses, Communities & Economies
Kilowatt Ours listserv Sustainable North Carolina
The Sierra Club Count Your Kilowatts
US Partnership How Green Is Your Getaway?
Recycling at UNCW US Green Building Council
Simple Steps Cape Fear Green Building Alliance
Ideal Bite - get your tip of the day  

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Sustainability at Benchmark and Other Institutions

James Madison University UNC Chapel Hill
William and Mary Duke University
College of Charleston Furman University
California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, CA West Virginia University
University of Wisconsin Eau Claire University of Oregon
Appalachian State University Harvard University

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