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Sustainability Defined

  1. 1. What sustainability means to me<br />…. Will we be saved?<br />… or do things need to change?<br />
  2. 2. Currently Accepted Definitions <br />- Wikipedia – <br />Sustainability, in a broad sense, is the capacity to endure.<br />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.<br />- WashingtonStateUniversity - <br />Sustainable means using methods, systems and materials that won't deplete resources or harm natural cycles" (Rosenbaum, 1993). <br />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) “<br />Sustainability integrates natural systems with human patterns and celebrates continuity, uniqueness and placemaking" (Early, 1993) <br />Definitions that are heavily focused on the environment, and all things “green”<br />
  3. 3. A definition that was defined by…<br />Was defining<br />Global Warming<br />Al Gore (and his drowning polar bears) catalyze global awareness <br /><ul><li>Citizens begin learning about “carbon footprint”/ Schools teaching environmentalism
  4. 4. TV Shows on CNN & Discovery highlight human impact on the environment while CNBC covers investment opportunities
  5. 5. Children tell their parents to save the word</li></ul>Cleantech Investment<br />Investment in clean technology<br /><ul><li>Renewable energy and alternative fuels enter consumer investor portfolio
  6. 6. Vernacular/ technology are enter mainstream conversations on television
  7. 7. Cleantech investment books become best sellers
  8. 8. Economics of and focus on cleantech firms improves with each dollar rise in oil</li></ul>150 USD Oil<br />Treehuggers and yuppies united!<br /><ul><li>Diesel and gas inflation brought calls for change that drowning polar bears could not
  9. 9. Pressure on governments to regulation and subsidize solutions
  10. 10. Pressure on industry to change - to reduce waste and increase efficiency
  11. 11. Pressure on consumers to change habits – public transport, bicycles, and even walking!</li></li></ul><li>Traditional Definitions Lead to.. <br />Catchy phrases:<br /><ul><li>Carbon Footprint
  12. 12. Low Carbon Economy
  13. 13. Green Jobs
  14. 14. Carbon Offsets
  15. 15. Cap & Trade
  16. 16. Border Adjustments
  17. 17. Sequestration
  18. 18. Cap & Trade
  19. 19. Border Adjustments</li></ul>Traditional Solutions:<br />And the conferences…. ALL THOSE GREEN CONFERENCES<br />
  20. 20.
  21. 21. … I was left unsatisfied <br />
  22. 22. But.. It is more than that <br />Clean Energy<br />Carbon offsets<br />Green Jobs<br />Managed Resources<br />Populations & Labor<br />Consumer Safety<br />Urban Planning & Urbanization<br />Food & Agriculture<br />Landfills & eWaste<br />Overpackaging<br />Healthcare<br />Traffic and Transport<br />Healthcare<br />
  23. 23. Building Communities<br />Our Mission:<br /> 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.<br />How We Work:<br />Coordinates volunteer opportunities for active professionals, according to their availability and personal interests<br />2) Support project partners with direct donations, fundraising planning and execution, community project design/implementation<br />3)Design and manage a variety of community relations programs for private sector partners in Shanghai – CorpWorks!<br />
  24. 24. Building Platforms<br />Develop long term capacity within the various actors (NGO, MNC, academic, gov’t, and citizen) to create stable/ sustainable solutions<br /><ul><li>Provide a platform where civil sector professionals can share best practices
  25. 25. Conduct research, study problems, assess program, & create partnerships
  26. 26. Work with social entrepreneurs and NGO leaders to develop capacity
  27. 27. On campus research, develop student leaders, clubs, mentorships, internships</li></ul>Web based platform to highlight the real world issues we face with economic and environmental sustainability.<br /><ul><li>Urban Planning
  28. 28. Water and Land Management
  29. 29. Manufacturing & Materials
  30. 30. Energy
  31. 31. Food & Agriculture
  32. 32. Transportation
  33. 33. Consumerism
  34. 34. Policy</li></ul>Developed the project based class Sustainability and Responsible Leaderships for 193 MBA students<br /><ul><li>To institutionally support society by leveraging its students, faculty, alumni
  35. 35. Improve student awareness of the social and environmental challenges in China
  36. 36. 36 teams will conduct research, develop external partner, & present business plan</li></li></ul><li>Sustainability and Responsible Leadership Project <br />Potential Project Examples<br />Clean Technology<br />Built Environment<br />Manufacturing<br />Resources<br /><ul><li>Land Use
  37. 37. Renewable Materials
  38. 38. Food & Agriculture
  39. 39. Forests and Parks
  40. 40. Bodies of Water
  41. 41. Labor Pools
  42. 42. Waste Management
  43. 43. Air Quality
  44. 44. Life Cycle Analysis
  45. 45. Closed Loop mfg.
  46. 46. Product Design
  47. 47. Packaging/ Waste
  48. 48. Logistics/ Transport
  49. 49. Ethical Supply Chain
  50. 50. Quality Control & Assurance
  51. 51. Recycling & eWaste
  52. 52. Urban Planning
  53. 53. Building Materials
  54. 54. Urban Transport
  55. 55. Greenspace
  56. 56. Energy/ Water efficiency
  57. 57. Build Retrofitting
  58. 58. Building Operation
  59. 59. Affordable Housing
  60. 60. Smartgrid
  61. 61. Biofuels
  62. 62. Transportation
  63. 63. Waste-to-energy
  64. 64. Water Filtration
  65. 65. Clean Coal
  66. 66. Renewable Energy
  67. 67. Carbon Offset/ Trading</li></ul>Economics<br />Civil Society<br />Social Services<br /><ul><li>Civic Engagement
  68. 68. Philanthropy
  69. 69. NGO Development & Capacity
  70. 70. Social Enterprises
  71. 71. Cultural Preservation
  72. 72. Consumer Safety
  73. 73. Community Program
  74. 74. Healthcare
  75. 75. Education
  76. 76. Poverty Alleviation
  77. 77. Elderly Care
  78. 78. Job Training
  79. 79. Rehabilitation & Counseling
  80. 80. Financial Services
  81. 81. Financial Markets
  82. 82. Green Economies
  83. 83. MFG Vs Services
  84. 84. Urbanization
  85. 85. Rural/ Urban Gap
  86. 86. Consumer Spending
  87. 87. Green Consumers</li></li></ul><li>
  88. 88. … but that is just me.<br />
  89. 89. What about you?<br />
  90. 90. A Few Tips To Get You Started<br />Tip 1: Take your first steps close to home<br />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<br />Tip 2: Get Out of your cars<br />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<br />Tip 3: Consume Responsibly<br /><ul><li>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. 91. Purchase 2nd hand, refurbish “old” items, and recycle when there is no other alternative. Reuse should come before recycle.</li></ul>Tip 4: Engage in the Community<br />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<br />Tip 5: Teach others … friends, family, & coworkers<br />
  92. 92. What is your definition of sustainability?What do you see as the core issues?What are the solutions you see?<br />
  93. 93. Will you return home and hope that others will save the world?Or will you engage…. and Be The Change?<br />
  94. 94. A Few Resources<br />Books on what else can happen:<br />Books on what is happening:<br />Books on Individual Actions:<br />Books on sustainability:<br />
  95. 95. My Sites<br />Learn More :<br />All Roads Lead to China<br />Crossroads<br />Cleaner Greener China<br />Get Engaged:<br />Hands On Shanghai<br />Hands On Chengdu<br />Hands On Hong Kong<br />Follow my Tweet!<br />Crossroads @chinaCSR<br />Cleaner Greener China @greenerchina<br />Hands On Shanghai @handsonshanghai<br />Hands On Chengdu @handsonchengdu<br />