Simultaneous consideration of all three of social, economic and environmental concerns.

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Sustainability is an attempt to provide the best outcomes for the human and natural environments both now and into the indefinite future. It relates to the continuity of economic, social, institutional and environmental aspects of human society, as well as the non-human environment. It is intended to be a means of configuring civilization and human activity so that society, its members and its economies are able to meet their needs and express their greatest potential in the present, while preserving biodiversity and natural ecosystems, and planning and acting for the ability to maintain these ideals in a very long term. Sustainability affects every level of organization, from the local neighborhood to the entire planet.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the concept
  • Be aware of the importance in multiple spheres ...
  • Determine possible directions for further study, for example:
    • Triple bottom line reporting

A Living Handbook for Tertiary Sustainability Educators.

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