"Universities need to integrate sustainable development into the curriculum exactly the way Lehigh is doing with its undergraduate program.”
-Prof. Jeffrey Sachs
Director of The Earth Institute
Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, Columbia University
Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
What does SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT mean?
“Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” (the Brundtland Commission)
While the definition above is the most commonly quoted response, Sustainable Development can be more succinctly summed up in the following four words: inclusive and sustainable growth.
Development is the noun; sustainable is the adjective.
But what does it mean to develop sustainably? Most people associate sustainability with the environment, but this is actually just one of three pillars to sustainability. Indeed, to be truly sustainable, not only must ecological protection be ensured, but also economic well-being must ensure that humans are able to meet their own needs, and social inclusion must ensure that this well-being extends to all in an equitable manner.