Home What is Sustainability? Campus Initiatives Climate Action Plan Resources

What is Sustainability?

Sustainability generally means “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” (Our Common Future, a report by the United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development, 1987).

So what does that mean to me?

The decisions we make every day — as individuals, as organizations, as communities and as a nation — have an impact on our world and the future of its citizens. We all have the ability to make that impact a positive one. In fact, we have a responsibility to do so. We must take care of our own needs in ways that ensure that future generations can meet theirs.

What can I do?

Each of us can:

  • make thoughtful decisions based on what we already know
  • learn more about the long-range and cumulative impact of products, processes and habits
  • consider alternatives to what we think of as necessities; consider sacrificing some of what are conveniences

Sustainability at RU

Follow us on