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What is Sustainability?

Sustainability is based on a simple principle: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment.  Sustainability creates and maintains the 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.

Sustainability is important to making sure that we have and will continue to have the water, materials, and resources to protect human health and our environment.

(United States Environmental Protection Agency, n.d.)


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Research Topics

  • Can the people of Earth continue to meet their needs and advance in areas such as technology while maintaining the planet's life support system?
  • What does “going green” mean, and how does it help the environment?
  • How does saving paper products through the utilization of computers and the internet affect the environment?
  • How do emissions and fumes from things such as air conditioners and automobiles affect human health?
  • How are some containers and packaging friendlier to the environment?
  • What is sustainable design and how can it be used in everyday life?
  • What is the difference between sustainable items and recyclable items?
  • How does green computing and other means of technological sustainability affect the environment?
  • What is regeneration harvesting and how does it compare to deforestation?
  • How is culture considered an important aspect of sustainable development in indigenous cultures?
  • What are the advantages of gasification in terms of sustainability?
  • How can corporations and industries utilize sustainable development in order to protect nature while serving their needs?
  • What sort of chemicals and toxins are released by air conditioning units and automobiles, and what sort of respiratory issues do they cause in humans?

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Key Terms

  • Carbon Footprint
  • Carbon Offset
  • Carbon Neutral
  • Climate Change
  • Cradle-to-Cradle
  • Cradle-to-Gate
  • Cradle-to-Grave
  • Dematerialization
  • Ecological Footprint
  • Emission
  • Energy Intensity
  • Energy Recovery
  • Environment Footprint
  • Environmental Impact
  • Environmental Impact Areas
  • Gate to Gate
  • Global Warming
  • Greenhouse Effect
  • Greenhouse Gases
  • Life Cycle Analysis (LCA)
  • Life Cycle of a Product
  • Material Intensity
  • Non-Renewable Energy
  • Renewable Energy
  • Renewable Resources
  • Source Reduction
  • Sustainable Development
  • Sustainable Footprint
  • Sustainability
  • Triple Bottom Line
  • Waste-to-Energy

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