The concept of sustainability has since permeated the globe. It is integrated within curricula or used to refer to “green” campus initiatives at numerous international and national universities, including: Yale, Stanford, Harvard, Arizona State University, UMass Lowell (Lowell Center for Sustainable Production), UMass Amherst, UMass Boston, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Alaska Anchorage, George Washington University, and Colombia. MIT is part of an international partnership called the Alliance for Global Sustainability. Created in 1997, the Alliance “brings together hundreds of university scientists, engineers, and social scientists to address complex issues that lie at the intersection of environmental, economic and social goals” (“Alliance”). In 1999 Dow Jones launched Sustainability Indexes, which are “the first global indexes tracking the financial performance of the leading sustainability-driven companies worldwide” (“Dow”).
Sustainable Fashion Sustainable fashion is among the developing design viewpoint and movement of sustainability with the main objective of establishing a structure, which can be sustained for the foreseeable future in terms of conservationism and social accountability. This implies that all the products made are developed with much consideration to the environmental and social influence all through its overall lifetime encompassing its carbon imprint. It is revealed that sustainable fashion is not just a short time trend but one, which could endure for a long time (Fletcher 76). Beforehand, conservationism used to represent itself in the fashion world through the contribution of a portion of transactions of products for a charitable reason.
The following related ideas support this argument: - the “designers themselves must be given the possibility of actually designing environmentally friendly products.” By doing so, ensuring that they have the means and abilities of having total control of all design aspects, this will ensure sustainability within creation of their products and/or spaces. - Support from other sources is vital during product development. This includes environmental management systems, and even government regulation that ensure designers of large companies are focusing on sustainability, as the goal of major companies is to increase profits. - It is crucial to stress right from the beginning how important “environmental adaptation” is, make sure that “environmental expertise” are available at hand, and to ensure constant education on the matter, so that the issue of protecting the environment and sustainability are well ingrained into the work of designers. N/A.
Cal Poly Because Cal Poly has over ten thousand acres of landscape, “sustainability” is a fitting issue for Cal Poly faculty and students. This topic of “Sustainability” became a concern for Cal Poly when hundreds of environmental advocates gathered together in celebration of Earth Day 2004. At this event, Warren J. Baker welcomed the crowd and introduced his support for the Talloires Declaration. The Talloires Declaration, from 1990, is a statement that supports sustainability on university campuses. In President Baker’s speech he stated that the University has already taken steps outlined in the Declaration to promote management of resources and preserve environmental values.
USR can be defined as “a policy of ethical quality in the activities of the university community, through responsible management of the educational, cognitive, labour and environmental impacts of the university, in a participative dialogue with society to promote sustainable human development” (Vallaeys, 2013). In other words, USR refers to all the actions undertaken by education institutions to sustain the social, ecological, environmenta and economic development. Enhancing CSR topics in the curricula of business schools could not only result in the development of more responsible leaders, it could also upgrade the status of the schools allowing them to distinguish from the competition. Business schools and social
I have chosen the Global Health Pathway to further analyze the essential theme from a practical point of view and to recognize vital connections and relations with the coursework I have taken at Santa Clara University. The fundamental theme of the pathway emphasizes on the universal enhancement of public health, lowering inequalities, and prevention of chronic diseases. The overarching connection between the Global Health Pathway theme and the coursework I have taken is fundamentally providing global awareness of public health issues from a socioeconomic, environmental, and biological perspective to the general public. Courses such as Public Health Science 1: Human Health and Disease and Biology 179: Cancer Biology can illustrate a vital connection with the pathway theme. For example, Public Health Science 1: Human Health and Disease course focuses on the improvement of avoiding preventable diseases by designing specific interventions to target certain chronic diseases that are impacting a specific population.
PepsiCo strives for “positive change” and to create that change they commit to devoting resources to their people to obtain growth that is easily supported. To reach these goals their vision is to “deliver top-tier financial performance” long term by establishing sustainability and providing a confident stamp on the world and the environment (What We Believe). PepsiCo calls this dream “Performance with Purpose”. For them, providing products from indulgent to nourishing purposes comes from how the products are made. To make these products also environmentally kind, many initiatives are used to find ways to conserve the world’s natural resources along with taking responsibility for their operations effect on the environment.
These goals are in his best interest because if achieved they would rally support for Master Plan projects without resistance from parties uneducated to the ultimately beneficial aims of these plans. One way President Baker pointed out signing the Talloires Declaration makes the Master Plan indispensable is that many of the goals of the declaration parallel goals found in the Master Plan. He quoted the Master Plan as “striving to strike a balance among several principles that we believe are all essential elements of a comprehensive vision of sustainability,” and listed those values as academic excellence, social justice, economic growth and efficiency and environmental protection. Past successful projects he noted are offering degree programs that promote responsible actions when dealing with the environment, the construction of learning centers and institutions that advise and interact with the government on conservation projects, and promoting sustainability and stewardship through founding EARTH university in Costa Rica to alert the world to stewardship and sustainability. These are good examples of the Master Plan and Talloires Declaration working together as they show the width and breadth of projects the Master Plan has tackled, and present achievements with visible and positive outcome.
This is a 10-point plan signed by over 300 universities worldwide setting out the key actions they will take for a more sustainable future. By signing the Talloires Declaration, he claims it is the mission of the polytechnic university to find ways in which society can be improved, scarce resources can be managed, and environmental values can be preserved. Even though President Baker does a thorough job of stating a claim, weaknesses are present. He states that it is at the core of the polytechnic university’s mission to find ways to preserve the environment. However, despite the fact that it is a polytechnic university, Cal Poly does not necessarily have to be environmentally friendly.
Due to this problem, many people do not have a full understanding of the concept of sustainability. According to Alshuwaikat and Abubakar (2007), “a sustainable university campus should be a healthy campus environment, with a prosperous economy through energy and resource conservation, waste reduction and an efficient environmental management, and promotes equity and social justice in its affairs and export these values at community, national and global levels”(p. 1778). Thomas (2004) also made several researches and found that sustainability contains several meaning to it, mainly, sustainability is the need to accept the probability of survival of our species, an attitude of care or stewardship and the practical competence required to act on the basis of knowledge and feeling. Thomas also discovers that sustainability is too abstract and lacks scientific basis. Like many concepts, sustainability is unclear and lacks clear learning outcomes (Stewart, 2010).