Sustainability

Sustainability

Columbia State Community College will infuse the intertwined ideals of sustainability throughout all aspects of the College; economic responsibility, social responsibility and environmental responsibility. We will provide our students educational pathways that encompass these ideals, we will model these values and practices in our operation, and we will promote these ideals in our community.

What Do We Mean by Sustainability?
In 1987 the United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development commissioned a study on the subject by what is now known as the Brundtland Commission. The resulting report, Our Common Future defined sustainable development as "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs," which has become the accepted standard definition. This report also identified three components to sustainable development: economic growth, environmental protection, and social equity (Nations).

How Should a College Address the Subject of Sustainability?
A college should engage students as effective change agents in our sustainability challenges by helping students become more environmentally literate and motivate them to seek environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable practices while modeling these same values and practices in its operation.

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