What is Sustainability?

Sustainability is “meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs” (UN, Brundtland Commission, 1987). 

The path to sustainability is not an easy one: sustainability means making choices today that will preserve the Earth for future generations.  We must heat and light our buildings, feed ourselves, transport ourselves and our materials, and work in our offices and classrooms with an eye to ensuring that future Central College faculty, staff, and students can do the same.

Sustainability Education

The faculty of the College joined in this effort, unanimously adopting a graduation requirement that all students take a class on Global Sustainability.  Soon, every graduate of this institution will have learned about the Triple Bottom Line of People (social justice), Prosperity (economic fairness), and Planet (preserving the physical/ecological environment).

The Sustainability Core credit will help students:

Courses with a global sustainability designation: