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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 all part of a collective effort to integrate sustainability themes and concepts into the curriculum and our decision-making processes. We are conserving our resources (energy, water, waste) and 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

Sustainability venn diagram

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.