Extension Sustainability

Extension Sustainability provides credible information and trainings fostering increased awareness and behavior change to improve environmental, social, and economic conditions.

Sustainability is living a daily ethic of mindfulness aimed to improve environmental, economic and social conditions. As stated in “A Vision for Relevance” by the National Network for Sustainable Living Education (2008), “visualize a pair of overlapping circles representing social and economic sustainability, set within and constrained by an encompassing circle of environmental sustainability – without which the sustainability of the other two circles is not even a possibility.”

To live sustainably is to follow an ethic, not a rigid set of rules. Sustainability is a human matter, not exclusively an environmental one. As a result, it must include successful problem solving and objective measurement. Although the term sustainability has grown to encompass a broad spectrum of meanings, energy and natural resources serve as its core basis. The most common misconception about sustainability is that it has to involve sacrifice and, in relation, that its main focus is on recycling and consuming less.

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