What is Sustainability
Sustainability refers to a process in which human societies adapt to live within the earth's finite limits in ways that:
restore healthy ecosystems and reduce harm to water, air, soils, and biodiversity;
support secure livelihoods and vibrant local economies and redress poverty and inequality;
create resilient cultural, social and natural systems and empowered communities;
and meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
Curricula focused on sustainability foster creativity and an expanded imagination of a thriving social, economic, and environmental world for ourselves and future generations. Students and faculty involved in the Minor recognize that the process of moving toward sustainability involves trade-offs, tensions, and difficult choices. Students apply analytical systems thinking to contemporary global and local problems, practice participatory strategies to resolve those problems, and demonstrate an ethical compass that guides their assessments of alternative solutions. Many kinds of courses from many perspectives help students prepare for the difficult sustainability challenges we face now and in the years to come.