What sustainability means to me …. Will we be saved? … or do things need to change?
Currently Accepted Definitions - Wikipedia – Sustainability, in a broad sense, is the capacity to endure. In ecology, the word describes how biological systems remain diverse and productive over time. For humans it is the potential for long-term maintenance of wellbeing, which in turn depends on the wellbeing of the natural world and the responsible use of natural resources. - WashingtonStateUniversity - Sustainable means using methods, systems and materials that won't deplete resources or harm natural cycles" (Rosenbaum, 1993). Sustainability identifies a concept and attitude in development that looks at a site's natural land, water, and energy resources as integral aspects of the development" (Vieira,1993) “ Sustainability integrates natural systems with human patterns and celebrates continuity, uniqueness and placemaking" (Early, 1993) Definitions that are heavily focused on the environment, and all things “green”
A definition that was defined by… Was defining Global Warming Al Gore (and his drowning polar bears) catalyze global awareness
Citizens begin learning about “carbon footprint”/ Schools teaching environmentalism
TV Shows on CNN & Discovery highlight human impact on the environment while CNBC covers investment opportunities
But.. It is more than that Clean Energy Carbon offsets Green Jobs Managed Resources Populations & Labor Consumer Safety Urban Planning & Urbanization Food & Agriculture Landfills & eWaste Overpackaging Healthcare Traffic and Transport Healthcare
Building Communities Our Mission: Hands On China’s mission is connecting people – both locals and foreigners in Shanghai who want to become involved as volunteers in community activities with local charities who need assistance. How We Work: Coordinates volunteer opportunities for active professionals, according to their availability and personal interests 2) Support project partners with direct donations, fundraising planning and execution, community project design/implementation 3)Design and manage a variety of community relations programs for private sector partners in Shanghai – CorpWorks!
Building Platforms Develop long term capacity within the various actors (NGO, MNC, academic, gov’t, and citizen) to create stable/ sustainable solutions
Provide a platform where civil sector professionals can share best practices
Conduct research, study problems, assess program, & create partnerships
Work with social entrepreneurs and NGO leaders to develop capacity
On campus research, develop student leaders, clubs, mentorships, internships
Web based platform to highlight the real world issues we face with economic and environmental sustainability.
A Few Tips To Get You Started Tip 1: Take your first steps close to home Look for places to improve the footprints of your family: Air Conditioning, lighting, personal transportation, imported boxes of cereal, turning off the water when shaving, cooking from scratch, refurbishing before replacement, working out Tip 2: Get Out of your cars Buy a bike, get on the metro, or walk. Shanghai is a city whose mass transit options are clean, safe, and convenient, and by utilizing these options and being a statistic, it will only promote further investment Tip 3: Consume Responsibly
Support brands and products that are trying to leave a positive footprint on the communities in which they operate by paying the premium, and encouraging others to do the same
Purchase 2nd hand, refurbish “old” items, and recycle when there is no other alternative. Reuse should come before recycle.
Tip 4: Engage in the Community Volunteer, explore the community, serve on a board, and help someone outside your concentric ring. Understand the role you have within the community, your impact on the community, and the responsibility we have to the community Tip 5: Teach others … friends, family, & coworkers
What is your definition of sustainability?What do you see as the core issues?What are the solutions you see?
Will you return home and hope that others will save the world?Or will you engage…. and Be The Change?
A Few Resources Books on what else can happen: Books on what is happening: Books on Individual Actions: Books on sustainability:
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