What is Sustainability?

What is Sustainability?

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The words “sustainability,” “going green”or“ green building” is coming up more often in discussions. Simply put, sustainability has to do with reducing our footprint on the future. The concept has been around for many years.  However, it has gotten much more visibility in the past three to four years. 

Today it is hard to find a professional association related to building design, construction, maintenance, and operation, as well as community planning and development, which does not have some initiative related to sustainability. Higher education across the country has adopted the movement toward sustainability.  Many universities and colleges are in various stages of organizing for sustainability. 

Students are often lost in the wide range of issues of sustainability, it can be difficult for them to know where to turn when choosing to live a more sustainable lifestyle. There are different ways and measures that are being offered to help you to measure your sustainability performance. But if you start by changing small things in life that we took for granted, it will make a huge difference at the end of the day.

  1. Unplug appliances when not in use - Even idle cell phone chargers still draw electricity!
  2. Don't use a screen saver - Modern monitors do not need them and they consume energy unnecessarily
  3. Take the bus
  4. Recycle - A key element to a sustainability effort 

This is not that much to start with, but will go a long way. 

For more information check out World Student Community for Sustainable Developmet: http://wscsd.org/


Check out this sustainable guide made by University of Indiana Bloomington: http://www.indiana.edu/~sustain/docs/sust_student_guide_08.pdf

A great opportunity for those of you who want to explore on this topic more there is a great program offered at SFU call the Change Lab. Change Lab will allow you to research, design and implement a project intended to bring positive change to your community while earning credit.  For more ifno: http://www.sfu.ca/content/dam/sfu/sac/documents/change-lab-student-information-package-fall-20121.pdf

Posted on March 02, 2012