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What is Sustainability?

Recently, the term sustainability has been a buzz in the media, within Fortune 500 business companies and, of course, on college and university campuses.   

At CSUSM we are striving to integrate sustainability themes and concepts into the curriculum and into our decision making processes. We are conserving our resources (energy, water, waste) and we are seeking to ultimately develop a culture of sustainability for all students, staff, and faculty.

But what is sustainability and how does it impact everyone?

Sustainability Venn Diagram

Venn diagram describing what sustainability is as a combination of economic growth, socially just communities, and enviromental responsibilities.

Our Definition:

Sustainability holistically addresses the interconnectedness among societies, all living beings and ecosystems by ensuring socially just, ecologically sound, and resilient communities that value diversity, innovation, fiscal stewardship, health, and well-being for all by creating a positive local to global impact for current and future generations.