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Middle States Assessment
Self Study

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.