Learning and Teaching Sustainability

What is Sustainability?

We have organized some resources to help you learn more about sustainability. Search through the list of sites below. Sustainability comes in many forms and a review of the sites below will help clear up any questions you may have. This is not an exhaustive list of sustainability resources, but what we have provided is intended to help you better understand what sustainability means.


  1. A definition from UCLA

    This site from UCLA clearly defines sustainability. They even have a lecture video that you can watch. You can also explore their list of additional resources.


  2. See the EPA's website

    The EPA has detailed sustainability content. They provide videos, information of greener living and they explain how the EPA itself is working toward sustainability.


  3. The Wikipedia Description

    Of course a wikipedia description had to be included. The great thing about this source is that it leads to a lot more information than this single page. There are is a ton of content here.


  4. How about a business minded definition

    Business and sustainability should go hand-in-hand, but unfortunately that is not always the case. Sustainable business practices are at the center of my interest in sustainability. Maybe this definition will help you understand what it takes to be a sustainable business.


  5. Sustainable Businesses from hBR.com

    This is a more advanced explanation of what sustainability might look like, but similar to the resource above, this helps us understand how businesses handle sustainability in practice.


  6. mcgill.ca definition

    "Sustainability means meeting our own needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. In addition to natural resources, we also need social and economic resources."


  7. Sustainability from thwink.org

    "It was designed to deliberately lead problem solvers astray, because guess who "development" benefits most, even more than developing nations? Why large for-profit corporations, of course."


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