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  • 1. What sustainability means to me
    …. Will we be saved?
    … or do things need to change?
  • 2. 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”
  • 3. 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
    • 4. TV Shows on CNN & Discovery highlight human impact on the environment while CNBC covers investment opportunities
    • 5. Children tell their parents to save the word
    Cleantech Investment
    Investment in clean technology
    • Renewable energy and alternative fuels enter consumer investor portfolio
    • 6. Vernacular/ technology are enter mainstream conversations on television
    • 7. Cleantech investment books become best sellers
    • 8. Economics of and focus on cleantech firms improves with each dollar rise in oil
    150 USD Oil
    Treehuggers and yuppies united!
    • Diesel and gas inflation brought calls for change that drowning polar bears could not
    • 9. Pressure on governments to regulation and subsidize solutions
    • 10. Pressure on industry to change - to reduce waste and increase efficiency
    • 11. Pressure on consumers to change habits – public transport, bicycles, and even walking!
  • Traditional Definitions Lead to..
    Catchy phrases:
    Traditional Solutions:
    And the conferences…. ALL THOSE GREEN CONFERENCES
  • 20.
  • 21. … I was left unsatisfied
  • 22. 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
    Traffic and Transport
  • 23. 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!
  • 24. 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
    • 25. Conduct research, study problems, assess program, & create partnerships
    • 26. Work with social entrepreneurs and NGO leaders to develop capacity
    • 27. 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.
    Developed the project based class Sustainability and Responsible Leaderships for 193 MBA students
    • To institutionally support society by leveraging its students, faculty, alumni
    • 35. Improve student awareness of the social and environmental challenges in China
    • 36. 36 teams will conduct research, develop external partner, & present business plan
  • Sustainability and Responsible Leadership Project
    Potential Project Examples
    Clean Technology
    Built Environment
    Civil Society
    Social Services
  • 88. … but that is just me.
  • 89. What about you?
  • 90. 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
    • 91. 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
  • 92. What is your definition of sustainability?What do you see as the core issues?What are the solutions you see?
  • 93. Will you return home and hope that others will save the world?Or will you engage…. and Be The Change?
  • 94. A Few Resources
    Books on what else can happen:
    Books on what is happening:
    Books on Individual Actions:
    Books on sustainability:
  • 95. My Sites
    Learn More :
    All Roads Lead to China www.allroadsleadtochina.com
    Crossroads www.china-crossroads.com
    Cleaner Greener China www.cleanergreenerchina.com
    Get Engaged:
    Hands On Shanghai www.hansonshanghai.org
    Hands On Chengdu www.handsonchengdu.org
    Hands On Hong Kong www.handsonhongkong.org
    Follow my Tweet!
    Crossroads @chinaCSR
    Cleaner Greener China @greenerchina
    Hands On Shanghai @handsonshanghai
    Hands On Chengdu @handsonchengdu