What is Sustainability Anyway?
The most frequently cited definition of sustainability comes from the 1987 Brundtland report, which describes sustainability as meeting “the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” (WCED, Our Common Future). At the heart of this definition is a commitment to linking environmental protection and stewardship with social justice and economic goals. Another useful framework for understanding sustainability is Andres Edwards’s model of the four Es. Edwards characterizes the contemporary sustainability movement as a “multifaceted” revolution based on interconnections between the four Es: environment, economy, equity, and education (The Sustainability Revolution). Although sustainability efforts take many forms at SUNY Fredonia, at the most basic level, sustainability means linking our educational mission to an ecologically based, community-minded, long-term vision for the future.
FACE and Sustainability
Complementing SUNY Fredonia’s broader commitment to sustainability (Go Green SUNY Fredonia), FACE seeks to unite community interests, expertise and needs with campus resources to support a range of local sustainability projects. These collaborations can take many forms: student internships, service learning projects, class field trips to local environmental sites, joint campus and community environmental grants, ongoing curricular partnerships, educational programming, community based research, and other types of sustainability related collaborations.