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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.  But what is sustainability and how does it impact everyone? 

Sustainability, broadly defined means meeting our present needs without compromising future generation’s needs by ensuring we have a vibrant, healthy environment, a strong social justice approach and a resilient economy. 

Here, 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.

front cover of sustainability booklet