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What is sustainability?

Sustainability is most often defined as “… meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”1 Sustainability is about more than just environmental stewardship, but about the “triple bottom line,” which also includes social and economic dimensions. Sustainability is about understanding and improving the relationship between earth’s two most complex systems—human culture and the living world. Thus, sustainability is inherently interdisciplinary, and solutions will require an understanding of how sustainability relates to a broad range of disciplines.

Massasoit has made a commitment to sustainability since President Charles Wall signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment in 2007. Sustainability is one of the major goals of the college’s strategic plan. Massasoit carries out its commitment by striving to save energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, and protect the natural environment. The college also endeavors to educate students, faculty, and staff about the many dimensions of this issue and provides information on ways to engage in advancing sustainability on campus and in the wider community.

1Our Common Future, Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development, World Commission on Environment and Development, 1987.

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