What is it?
To ensure that all academic units are 'speaking the same language', Lawrence Tech's Center for Sustainability has established a set of definitions which guide our discussions. These include:
Sustainability: the ability to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Efforts toward achieving sustainability strive for long-term economic, social, and environmental health.
Sustainable Development: Creative and entrepreneurial ventures that meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.
Sustainability in Education: Efforts to provide an education that promotes respect for the social and economic needs of others as well as respect for our environment in both the present and future.
These definitions shall serve as a basis for discussion, and allow each academic unit to develop further definitions which describe and address their own unique endeavors for sustainability education.
[Note: These definitions were inspired and influenced by a number of sources, including the Brundtland Commission, and the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development.]