|What is Sustainability?
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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.”