Sustainability

Oct 20th, 2010 | By | Category: Youth Blog

Sustainability can be described in many different ways. Some say that it is the practice of exploiting natural resources without destroying the ecological balance of an area. Others say that it is the capacity to endure. According to the EPA, sustainability is “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It is a new way of thinking about an age-old concern, ensuring that our children and grandchildren inherit a tomorrow that is at least as good as today, preferably better.” Sustainability, or being sustainable is not a fad, it is a lifestyle. And it a lifestyle that all of us should live. It involves “rearranging living conditions and work practices, reappraising economic sectors, using science to develop new technologies, and making adjustments in individual lifestyles.” Sustainability has the duality of being both a journey and a destination.

At Arizona State University, sustainability is making headlines. The school is the first in the nation to promote sustainability as a separate department. And they believe in incorporating sustainability at the corporate level. ASU issued free bus passes to students and hiked parking fees, a mass change which resulted in many people using public transit. Drastic measures like these are what make the biggest difference to the environment. As Kevin Dooley of ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business says, “It’s one thing when a single household switches to compact fluorescent bulbs- but it’s a whole different league when Wal-Mart does it and then sets a standard for its myriad suppliers.”

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