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Beginner's Toolkit

What Does SISL Mean By Sustainability?

Sustainability has been defined as:

  • the perpetual maintenance of diverse and productive environments upon which all life depends;1
  • the reasonable use of resources over an indefinite period of time to improve quality of life;2
  • meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.3

A sustainable future depends on a workforce of professionals knowledgeable about creating practices, processes, and infrastructure to optimize resource management, and on a community informed about the ethics and influence of human activity on the integrated environmental, economic, and social aspects of sustainability.

References: (1) the Renewable Natural Resources Foundation; (2) the National Association of Biology Teachers; and (3) the World Commission on Environment and Development.

Making Sustainability A Theme Is Rewarding

Why should you join your colleagues and your academic society in incorporating the theme of "Sustainability" in your existing classes, in particular, in those introductory courses? As a teacher and as a person who cares about the health of people and the ecosystems we all depend upon, here are a few good reasons:

Benefits for Students

Benefits for Faculty and Departments

Benefits for Society

Tools to Incorporate Sustainability into the Classroom

Tips on How to Start Integrating Sustainability in Existing Classes

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