With climate change recognized by many as one of the most pressing traumas facing this generation, sustainability must be an essential part of integrated processes. As a result, the education of future professionals must make sustainability a priority. Integrated practice/process is an ideal tool to move toward the goal of attaining sustainability in academics and the profession.
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.
Sustainable Architecture: Environmental design efforts that meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs economically, socially, and environmentally.
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.
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Growing demand on curricular delivery, as well as a desire to integrate crucial practice issues into the education of future leaders, prohibits consolidation of sustainability into a single course. This approach would focus too much information into one point of the curriculum, and would cast sustainability as something 'other' within the established flow of skill and consciousness development. The ACSA/NAAB Sustainability Task Force has acknowledged that the myriad aspects of sustainability need to be introduced as various points in a student's education. The proposed model can be referred to as: