What is sustainability?
Sustainability is most often defined as “… meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”*
Sustainability involves more than just environmental stewardship; it also encompasses social justice and economic development. It is about understanding and improving the relationship between the earth’s two most complex systems — human culture and the living world.
The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 committed the United States to sustainability, declaring it a national policy “to create and maintain conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations.”
Massasoit Community College’s commitment to sustainability dates back to 2007 when President Charles Wall signed the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. As part of its strategic plan, Massasoit strives to:
- Conserve energy and resources, reduce waste and carbon emissions, and protect the natural environment;
- Embrace, model, and encourage sustainable practices and behavior on campus and in the wider community; and
- Prepare students with the skills, knowledge, and motivation needed to address the critical environmental, social, and economic challenges of the 21st century.
Explore this site to learn more about sustainability at Massasoit and how you can get involved. Please contact us if you have questions or suggestions.