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What Is Sustainability?
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What Is Sustainability?

Sustainability Starter

Watch this 3 minute video created by UCLA Sustainability on the basics of sustainability as “the balance between the environment, equity, and economy.”

“Sustainability focuses on meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. The concept of sustainability is composed of three pillars: social, environmental, and economic —also known informally as people, planet, and profits.”

The ecological definition of sustainability originated with the Brundtland Report in 1987...

“Sustainability is based on a simple principle: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. To pursue sustainability is to create and maintain the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony to support present and future generations.”

Sustainable Development Goals

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Home Page

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Knowledge Platform

Accelerating Education for the SDGs in Universities: A guide for universities, colleges, and tertiary and higher education institutions

This guide aims to inspire universities to take action and support them through this process, regardless of their context, capacity or starting point. It does this by offering practical approaches and guidance, including the case for action, the different ways Education for the SDGs can be implemented in a university, the outline of a strategic implementation process, the roles of different stakeholders, how to overcome common barriers, and in-depth analysis of transformative examples. The guide is accompanied by a website,, with almost 50 examples of how universities around the world are already accelerating their implementation of Education for the SDGs.”
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