Self Study on Sustainability
SUNY ESF's Self-Study,"Advancing Sustainability at ESF",is organized into three sections, the first of which provides a broad introduction to the College. The second section presents a general context for understanding SUNY-ESF’s sustainability agenda by describing the institutional challenges and current progress in advancing the 2003 strategic plan, Vision 2020. The final section provides an analysis of sustainability at SUNY-ESF and offers a set of recommendations to advance the College’s efforts going forward.
ESF’s Principles of Sustainability
We begin with a commitment to meet present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. To do this we must:
- Understand basic functions of natural and social systems;
- Acknowledge and quantify the limitations of nature’s capacity; and
- Develop solutions through the integration of social, economic, technological, and environmental systems.