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Reflections of participants in the 2009 Sustainability Decathlon

  •  What does sustainability mean to you?

    Wednesday, May. 6, 2009
    mollysm
    Since working with the high school kids of HEART, my definition of sustainability hasnt really changed; however, my hope for the future of sustainability has. I have so much more hope for the future of sustainability having seen how much these students have invested in their cause of sustainability and sustainable practices.
  •  What does sustainability mean to you?

    Wednesday, May. 6, 2009
    maribel
    Reflecting on the sustainability quote meeting the needs of the present without compromising the needs of the future, it makes sense to consider the long term and short term effects of our actions. If you think about saving the environment now you also cant do everything and leave problems that will happen in the long run for future generations. Part of sustainability should include awareness about the long term effects and ideas to minimize the harmful long term effects and magnify the positive effects.
  •  What does sustainability mean to you?

    Wednesday, May. 6, 2009
    kristinsm
    I think sustainability can really be applied to all aspects of society, and what seems most pressing to me at the moment is the need to incorporate it into our economic system. Sustainability can mean a lot of things, though we usually think of it in environmental terms. But its really much broader than that. We are in an economic crisis partly because they way we, as Americans, we living, consuming, and spending was not sustainable. And of course these factors can be related back to the environment (consumption with food, agriculture, material things, etc. which affects environment).
  •  What does sustainability mean to you?

    Wednesday, May. 6, 2009
    laurensm
    I feel that I am now better at explaining the concept of sustainability and sharing with others the importance of having a sustainable lifestyle. I have also learned so many new ways of being more sustainable and how to incorporate them into my own life.
  •  What does sustainability mean to you?

    Wednesday, May. 6, 2009
    dianasm
    After working on this project since February 1st, my definition of sustainability has changed. I originally characterized it has leaving enough resources for future generations to have the same opportunities as we do now. I still find truth in this definition. But now that I have worked closely with San Jose High School I realize sustainability is not as easy as it sounds.
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