About Sustainability


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


What is Sustainability?

Sustainability can be described as each of us doing our part to build the kind of world—economically, environmentally and socially—that we want to live in, and one that we want our children and grandchildren to inherit. It means becoming aware of all interconnections—visible and invisible—in which our day-to-day choices affect the intricate balance of social, economic and ecological systems.

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
Recycle Bank Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium
Why Buy Local? Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future
My Footprint ACPA Sustainability Task Force
World Watch North Carolina Department of Administration Sustainability
Redifining Progress Students: Moving Out? Be sustainable!!
Kilowatt Ours? UNCW Environmental Concerns Organization
US Partnership How Green Is Your Getaway?
Campus Climate Challenge ITSD "Watch Your BudgIT" Newsletter
Focus the Nation Play A Greater Part: Healthier Planet, Campuses, Communities & Economies
Green Planet Catering NCDENR - Division of Pollution Prevention
Ideal Bite - get your tip of the day US Green Building Council
Paper Clip Communications NC Sustainability Listserv
Simple Steps Global Footprint Network
Sustainable North Carolina Campus ERC
The Sierra Club Ecological Footprint Quiz
Change a Light, Change the World Campus Greening Initiatives
Sustainable Living Guides Count Your Kilowatts
Recycling at UNCW join the Kilowatt Ours listserv

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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, final report Santa Clara University
Appalachian State University University of Oregon
Clemson University  

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