Sustainability is often a difficult term to define. This is due to the many diverse definitions which focus on a wide range of societal, economic, and ecological factors.  Traditionally sustainability is seen as a balance of systems in order to provide for the continued function and equilibrium of the planets natural systems with those of society.  Given this broad scope, sustainability focuses on our economic, environmental, and social systems in order to 'sustain' the planet for future generations. When we approach sustainability we must recognize that it is a choice that encompasses a vast portion of our lives.  The choice of how much energy we use, the trips we take, what we eat, our financial decisions-all have a nexus with sustainability.                                                                 

  Sustainability is:

Three Pillars of Sustainability ...Meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of our future generations to meet their needs (Brundtland, 1987)

...Improving quality of life and equity within the human situation, while supporting our environmental systems.

...Respecting nature, universal human rights, and economic justice.

The choices we make as individuals, as a campus community, as a society all have bearing on aspects of sustainability.