What is Sustainability?


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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 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."

Sustainability Resources:

EPA Sustainability AASHE
Why Buy Local? Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium
My Footprint Cape Fear River Watch
World Watch Cape Fear Green Building Alliance
Campus Climate Challenge US Green Building Council
Kilowatt Ours Sustainable North Carolina
US Partnership National Geographic
Green Your Home Cape Fear Going Green
Simple Steps NC Green Power

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